Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy Inks First TV Deal After '13 Reasons Why' (Exclusive)

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Oscar winner Tom McCarthy is putting down TV roots.

After his successful collaboration with Paramount Television on Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why, McCarthy has signed an overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the two-year exclusive pact, McCarthy (Spotlight) will create, develop, produce and potentially direct TV and digital projects for Paramount Television.

The deal expands his relationship with Paramount TV after he exec produced and directed the first two episodes of Netflix's controversial drama 13 Reasons Why.

"Having had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Tom on 13 Reasons Why, we have seen firsthand his dedication and thoughtful approach to creating content," Paramount TV president Amy Powell said. "Tom is a consummate talent who approaches characters within his writing, directing and producing with a uniquely humanistic lens, taking the utmost care and diligence. We are excited for the projects we will create together as he remains part of the Paramount TV family.”  

McCarthy won an Oscar for best picture and best original screenplay for 2016's Spotlight, which he co-wrote and directed. He also was nominated for a best director Oscar and took home a BAFTA Award and WGA Award for best original screenplay. His feature directing credits include The Visitor and The Station Agent. He is next attached to direct an adaptation of children's book Timmy Failure for Disney and recently did a rewrite on Disney's Christopher Robin. He's repped by Gersh and Frankfurt Kurnit.

"I’m very excited to be back in business with my friends at Paramount after our having such an exceptional experience on 13 Reasons Why,” he said.

McCarthy joins a roster of talent with overalls at Paramount TV that includes Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Robert Zemeckis and Dustin Lance Black.

13 Reasons Why, which is near a deal for a second season at Netflix, has become a hotly debated drama series. The drama about a girl who commits suicide and the 13 cassette tapes outlining why has been criticized for glamorizing suicide with its graphic depiction of the lead character's death. Other groups have praised the series, exec produced by Selena Gomez, for helping to raise awareness of issues like teen suicide and sexual abuse.