HOLLYWOOD — “Welcome to New York” creators Barbara Wallace and Thomas Wolfe have been welcomed for an extended stay at Studios USA Television.
Duo have inked a new multiyear, low- to mid-seven-figure overall pact to develop, write and produce original comedy series for the studio. Deal extends a relationship that began in 1998.
Before creating and exec producing the CBS sitcom “Welcome to New York,” Wallace and Wolfe were co-producers of the ABC laffer “The Faculty” and story editors on NBC’s “Nurses.” Scribes had previously written and performed in the Chicago-based Second City troupe.
“The thing I’ve always loved about them is, because they don’t come from normal TV ranks, they’re so unique and original,” said Marcy Ross, senior VP of comedy programming at Studios USA. “They’re so smart, and they consistently make me laugh.”
Wallace said she and her partner, who are repped by WMA, appreciated the creative freedom Ross and Studios USA topper David Kissinger had given them.
“They get our voices,” she said. “They really understand what we’re trying to write.”
Wolfe added, “I don’t think there are too many studios that respect the writer the way Studios USA does.”
A play by Wallace and Wolfe, “Early and Often,” is currently playing at Chicago’s Famous Door.