2:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Ryan Seacrest Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Ryan Seacrest is extending his relationship with ABC.
The returning host of American Idol has inked a multiyear overall deal with the network's studio counterpart, ABC Studios. Under the pact, Ryan Seacrest Productions' scripted division will develop projects for broadcast, cable, premium and on-demand services. RSP president of scripted Nina Wass and vp Andrea Shay have both re-upped with the company and will continue to serve in their current capacities.
“Nina and RSP are tremendous assets to our studio. Her taste, contacts and abilities are the best in the industry, and we’re thrilled to be back in business with her and with Ryan Seacrest Productions,” ABC Studios president Patrick Moran said.
“Under Nina’s leadership, our scripted team has achieved great success. Her creativity, hard work and key talent relationships have helped us achieve an impressive slate, in a short period of time,” Seacrest said. “We’ve all worked with ABC Studios in the past, and we hope our partnership will serve to further our collective success. It’s an honor for us to now call ABC Studios home for our scripted division.”
Added Wass: “I’ve worked with Patrick Moran and his team on many shows over the years, and it’s wonderful to be returning to the studio. I can’t wait to get started on creating new series together again."
RSP currently produces NBC's Jennifer Lopez drama Shades of Blue and recently scored a series pickup at Netflix for scripted dramedy Insatiable, after The CW passed on the pilot.
The scripted overall extends Seacrest's relationship with ABC, where in addition to Idol he also co-hosts syndicated morning talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan.