Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are taking their business to CBS Television Studios.
The prolific writer/producers, who count the studio’s Hawaii Five-0 among their credits, have inked a three-year overall deal. As part of the pact, Kurtzman and Orci, along with their K/O Paper Products TV president Heather Kadin and manager of TV development Aaron Baiers, will develop television projects for the studio. Their previous deal was at 20th TV.
“Alex and Bob are two of the most coveted writers/producers in features and television for an important reason. They have a unique perspective on what it takes to develop a modern day blockbuster,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, adding: “On the television front, we have been fortunate to work with them closely on Hawaii Five-0, and know first-hand the creativity and energy they bring to a project, as well as their instinct for making something into a big event.”
Added the duo in a joint statement: “Our collaboration with CBS on Hawaii Five-0 has been one of the most fulfilling of our career. Everyone there brings their dedication and passion to work every day, which makes it a wonderful place for creativity to thrive. We're thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership for many more years to come.”
The partners met in high school and began their careers writing for Hercules before moving over to work on Xena: Warrior Princess. By age 23, they had shot up the ranks to become head writers. Alias came next, beginning a long-term and particularly fruitful relationship with series’ creator J.J. Abrams.
Heading into the 2013-14 TV season, Kutzman and Orci will add a Sleepy Hollow adaptation to their resumes. The drama will air on Fox, where the pair previously created long-running critical darling Fringe with Abrams. They are also behind an original computer-animated series, Transformers: Prime, for the Hub.
They continue to be very active on the film side, too, where their writing and producing work has earned more than $3 billion.Among their recent efforts: Star Trek: Into Darkness and Now You See Me, both released earlier this spring. Additionally, they’re attached to upcoming movies such as Ender’s Game, produced through their K/O Paper Products, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Kurtzman and Orci are also set to produce Universal’s The Mummy and Van Helsing reboots through their overall film deal with Universal Pictures.
Their K/O Paper Products is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler of Gendler Kelly.
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