Philbin moves from 'O.C.' to NBC Uni


"The O.C." writer-producer Jennifer Philbin has inked an overall deal with NBC Universal TV Studio.

Under the two-year pact, Philbin will develop new projects for the studio and join existing NBC Uni TV series on the drama and the comedy side.

Philbin, known as JJ Philbin, has been a hot commodity this season because of her diverse background in sketch comedy (NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Fox's "Mad TV"), comedic drama ("Dead Like Me"), drama (ABC's "That Was Then") and teen soap ("The O.C.").

"JJ is brilliant and hilarious, and she writes across all genres," said Laura Lancaster, senior vp drama at NBC Uni TV.

Added the studio's senior vp comedy Shelley McCrory, "As half-hour comedies open up and become more sophisticated, JJ is someone we are extremely lucky to be in business with."

The deal marks Philbin's first crack at development, and she said she feels "very lucky" to be doing that with NBC Uni TV.

"They've developed some of the most exciting shows we've seen recently in comedy and drama," Philbin said. "They take risks, and most importantly, they tend to stick by them."

Philbin, the daughter of Regis Philbin, spent the past 3 1/2 years on "O.C.," rising through the ranks to supervising producer.

She is repped by UTA.