Goldstick is welcomed to UMS 'Jungle'


Oliver Goldstick has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios.

Under the seven-figure pact, Goldstick will serve as executive producer/showrunner on "Lipstick Jungle," the studio's midseason one-hour dramedy for NBC.

On "Lipstick," Goldstick succeeds exec producers/showrunners Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who were let go July 18 as part of a change in the creative direction of the show.

While Heisler and Heline have strong half-hour comedy backgrounds, Goldstick most recently was a co-executive producer on ABC's successful one-hour dramedy "Ugly Betty" under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

"Oliver does a nice job of writing drama with great comic flair, and he has an inspired sense of romance," UMS senior vp drama programming Elisa Roth said. "We're thrilled to be in business with him."

Goldstick's deal with UMS and his gig on "Lipstick" reunite him with "Betty" executive producer Ben Silverman and co-executive producer Teri Weinberg, who recently joined NBC as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and UMS and executive vp of NBC Entertainment, respectively.

"I had a great experience working with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg on 'Ugly Betty'; I'd pretty much follow them into any jungle," Goldstick said. "The series has great potential, and I'm thrilled NBC's giving me this opportunity."

On "Lipstick," Goldstick will serve as executive producer alongside Candace Bushnell ("Sex and the City"), on whose novel the series is based.

The show, about three successful professional women (Lindsay Price, Brooke Shields, Kim Raver) in New York, is expected to begin production in November.

Goldstick, who co-created and exec produced the one-hour NBC/Touchstone TV series "Inconceivable," is repped by Endeavor and attorney Don Walerstein.