Sony TV makes 'Death' pact with Hobert


"Scrubs" executive producer Tim Hobert has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Under the seven-figure pact, which includes a development component, he will join the studio's comedy " 'Til Death" as an executive producer.

On the Brad Garrett-starring "Death," which was picked up by Fox for a second season, Hobert will serve as an executive producer alongside the show's creators/executive producers, Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith.

"Tim has two qualities that have always frustrated us — talent and loyalty," quipped Zack Van Amburg, co-president of programming and production at Sony Pictures TV. "He's used both of them against us in competing shows, and now that he's joined the Sony family and ' 'Til Death,' we plan to exploit that same loyalty and talent for our future success."

For the past 11 years, Hobert worked with Bill Lawrence on two half-hour series.

He was the only writer that was on ABC's "Spin City," co-created by Lawrence, for the entire six-year run of the show.

Hobert moved on to Lawrence's "Scrubs" for the past five years, rising to executive producer. His stint on the critically praised NBC comedy earned him two best comedy series Emmy nominations.

"We're thrilled to welcome Tim to the ''Til Death' team," Goldsmith said. "He was an integral part of the sucess of two long-running and excellent shows in 'Spin City' and 'Scrubs' — not to mention he's pretty easy on the eyes."

Hobert, who most recently had an overall deal at NBC Universal TV Studio, is repped by ICM and attorney Jared Levine.