'Parks and Recreation's' Michael Schur Re-Ups at Universal TV

Michael Schur - P 2012
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Michael Schur - P 2012

Parks and Recreation showrunner Michael Schur is staying put at Universal TV.

News of his new, multiple-year deal comes as Schur prepares to launch a second series, Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, through the studio. Parks, which he writes and executive produces, is heading into its sixth season on NBC.

“Mike is a wildly talented writer and, hands-down, one of the best showrunners in the business,” Universal TV exec VP Bela Bajaria said in a statement announcing the news. “He is funny, collaborative, smart, solution-oriented and incredibly creative. We greatly value our relationship with him and look forward to the success of Parks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and many other shows. We’re very excited to be collaborating with Mike for years to come.”

Added Schur, a two-time Emmy Award winner: “I couldn’t be happier about extending my stay at Universal TV. Bob [Greenblatt], Jennifer [Salke], Bela and their teams have shown me a tremendous amount of encouragement and support, and not just creatively. This weekend Bob is helping me paint my garage, and Bela is my spotter when I lift.”

Schur currently serves as a writer, executive producer and sometime-director on Parks and Rec and Brooklyn, a co-creation with Dan Goor that's garnering early buzz from critics. Prior or Parks, which Schur co-created with Greg Daniels, he was a writer and producer on Daniels' long-running The Office. His big break came earlier in his career when he wrote for Saturday Night Live, which garnered him an Emmy in 2002.
His renewal comes on the same day that his wife, New Girl writer J.J. Philbin, sold a comedy project entitled Former Fat Girl to NBC. 

Schur is repped by UTA, David Miner at 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Ken Richman.