3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Pretty Little Liars' Boss Marlene King Renews WBTV Overall Deal
Pretty Little Liars boss I. Marlene King is staying put at Warner Bros. Television.
The executive producer of Freeform's Pretty Little Liars has signed a new multiyear overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, she will continue to produce and develop new shows for the independent studio and its cable-focused arm Warner Horizon Television.
King, who has been with WBTV since 2009 and the creation of Pretty Little Liars, also has tapped Outerbanks Entertainment's Lauren Wagner to serve as executive vp and spearhead development for King's Long Lake Media banner. The deal keeps Wagner at the studio where in four years at Kevin Williamson's WBTV-based Outerbanks she helped develop The Following, Stalker and ABC's forthcoming Time After Time.
After Freeform wraps Pretty Little Liars following its upcoming seventh season, King will remain at the younger-skewing Disney-owned network with the launch of Bella Thorne-starrer Famous in Love. King also has an adaptation of The Perfectionists, written by PLL author Sara Shepard, set up at Freeform. Her credits include short-lived PLL spinoff Ravenswood.
King's signing comes as WBTV has placed a renewed focus on developing for cable networks in the era of vertical integration in which many broadcast networks are buying purely form their vertically aligned studios. WBTV on Sunday launched HBO's pricey Westworld.
King is repped by WME and Morris Yorn.