Olin stays in Touchstone family


Ken Olin has inked a new two-year overall deal with Touchstone Television.

Under the seven-figure pact, which is set to begin in June when his current deal with the studio expires, he will continue to executive produce and direct ABC's promising freshman drama "Brothers & Sisters" and will develop and direct other projects for the studio.

Olin has called Touchstone TV home for the past six years, since the first season of the studio's action drama "Alias," on which he served as executive producer/director.

"Ken has been instrumental in the success of several Touchstone series such as 'Alias' and 'Brothers & Sisters,' " Touchstone TV executive vp Julia Franz said. "He is a gifted storyteller, and actors love to work with him. He's been a great partner to have at the studio, and we look forward to our continued relationship."

Olin intends to continue on "Brothers" if the series returns for a second season, as expected. This development season, he is directing and executive producing the ABC/Touchstone TV drama pilot "Eli Stone," from "Brothers" executive producer/showrunner Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. If that project is picked up to series, Olin will remain an executive producer and probably will direct some episodes.

"With a long-term relationship like this, there's a mutual respect and trust that develops," Olin said of his strong ties with Touchstone TV president Mark Pedowitz and Franz as well as ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson. "The culture at Touchstone is one in which both sides are working in a collaborative way to make the best thing they can in a responsible way. That's a special situation."

Olin, who began his career as an actor, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role on ABC's "thirtysomething," has made a seamless transition behind the camera, directing for such series as NBC's "The West Wing" and WB Network's "Felicity."

Under his current deal at Touchstone, Olin also executive produced and directed the studio's pilot "Introducing Lennie Rose" last year.

Olin is repped by CAA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.