Skein to star Warburton as obnoxious superhero

Scribe David Sacks is moving to Columbia TriStar Television, inking a rich new overall deal with the studio and signing on as an exec producer of its upcoming Fox laffer “The Tick.”

Multiyear, seven-figure pact calls for Sacks to create, develop and produce series programming for CTTV while working on other projects at the Sony-owned studio. He’ll come on board as an exec producer and showrunner on “The Tick,” joining Larry Charles and exec producers Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson.

“The Tick,” which stars Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld”) as an obnoxious superhero, is slated to bow on Fox this spring.

Sacks had been based at Carsey-Werner since 1996, working as a writer and producer on “3rd Rock From the Sun.” He inked a new two-year overall deal with C-W in March (Daily Variety, March 9); the first series under the pact, the toon laffer “Dog Days,” snagged a midseason order from NBC.

When the Peacock and Carsey-Werner decided not to go forward with the project (Daily Variety, Nov. 1), Sacks’ reps at CAA lined up the gig on “The Tick,” negotiated Sacks out of his deal at C-W and brokered a new pact at CTTV.

“David is a wonderfully gifted writer and executive producer, and we are excited to welcome him to the Columbia TriStar family,” said Tom Mazza, CTTV prexy of network production.

‘The perfect sensibility’

Sacks “has the perfect sensibility for our midseason series ‘The Tick,’ and we’re particularly happy to have him join Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson and Larry Charles as an executive producer,” Mazza added.

Sacks was a writer and co-exec producer of “Murphy Brown” during the 1995-96 season. Before that he spent three seasons as a scribe and producer of Fox’s long-running “The Simpsons.”

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