Elliot Shoenman has been tapped to help keep the power flowing on ABC’s “Home Improvement,” joining creators Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Carmen Finestra as an exec producer on the show next season.
Shoenman, who worked with Williams and Finestra while serving as head writer and co-exec producer on “The Cosby Show,” most recently has been working under an overall deal at ABC Prods.
His addition is designed to allow Williams, Finestra and McFadzean–the principals of recently formed Wind Dancer Production Group–more time to develop new series under their exclusive sitcom deal at ABC.
Wind Dancer entered into a pact with ABC last November calling for the company to develop two additional sitcoms and renewing the sophomore Tim Allen comedy for an unprecedented three years, through the 1995-96 season (Daily Variety, Dec. 1, 1992).
An important part of that arrangement for ABC was to ensure the continued involvement of the show’s creators throughout its run. Wind Dancer president Rick Leed stressed that they will continue in their exec producer capacities while working on the first of their new series, probably to premiere midway through the 1993-94 term.
The new projects will be produced by Wind Dancer in association with ABC, with Disney– the production partner on “Home Improvement”–as the distributor.
Shoenman will join the show as a consultant immediately before becoming an exec producer next fall. He most recently co-created (with Matthew Carlson) the ABC pilot “The Circle Game.”