‘CSI’ exec producers reup for 3 years

Donahue, Mendelsohn to create projects for CBS, Alliance Atlantis

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” exec producers Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn will likely remain with the hit CBS crime drama for another three years.

Donahue has finalized a multimillion dollar pact, while Mendelsohn is close to re-upping with a similar deal. That will keep the producer-scribes with “CSI” through the 2003-2004 TV season; CBS Prods. and Alliance Atlantis have the option whether to pick up the final year of both deals.

The pacts also call for the duo to create projects for CBS Prods. and Alliance Atlantis.

“Their level of commitment is significant,” Alliance Atlantis Entertainment prexy Peter Sussman said. “We couldn’t have done it without the level of quality that Carol and Ann put into the show. They are terrific writers and terrific people — we can’t say enough good things about them.”

Surprise hit

Both Donahue and Mendelsohn have been with “CSI” since its launch last fall. The CBS Productions/Alliance Atlantis series was last year’s surprise hit, ranking as the 2000-2001 season’s top-rated new drama. The Thursday night series continues to pull strong demographic numbers for the Eye, a net in need of strong performers among younger eyeballs.

Mendelsohn previously spent a number of years on “Melrose Place,” where she served as executive producer; other credits include “Providence,” “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” “Gabriel’s Fire” and the telepic “To Brave Alaska.”

Donahue joined “CSI” from the short-lived laffer “M.Y.O.B.,” which she executive produced; other credits include “To Have and to Hold,” “High Incident,” “Murder One,” “Picket Fences” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

Both producers are repped by Endeavor.

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