Touchstone Television has inked an exclusive three-year, $6 million development deal with “Spin City” scribes-producers Jay Scherick and David Ronn.
Pact calls for the duo to write and exec produce series programming for the ABC Entertainment Television Group unit, starting in June. It’s the first major deal for “Spin” talent since skein star Michael J. Fox announced his intention to leave the ABC laffer at the end of this season.
Scherick and Ronn have worked on “Spin” for three of its four seasons. In the event the show should continue in its current form next season, sans Fox, the two writers are expected to find a way to remain on the skein while beginning development for Touchstone.
‘Fresh and innovative’
“I think Jay and David have demonstrated an exceptional ability to both work as a part of one of the most successful shows on ABC, as well as to create fresh and innovative feature material,” said Touchstone chief Steve McPherson. “They’re exactly the kind of writers we want to be in business with.”
While “Spin” producer DreamWorks Television is working on a way to continue that show in some form, the Scherick/Ronn deal could well rep the first of a wave of signings of “Spin” talent to new deals. Indeed, DreamWorks itself may attempt to lock in talent to new long-term deals.
As for Scherick and Ronn, the duo have been expanding into features, penning the upcoming Jamie Foxx starrer “National Security” and the road-trip comedy “Servicing Sarah.” Intermedia Films and Outlaw Prods. are making “Security,” while Mandalay has the rights to “Sarah,” with Oliver Stone attached as an exec producer.
Scherick and Ronn’s deal was brokered by Ted Chervin of Broder, Kurland, Webb and Uffner, along with attorney Robert Offer.