WB TV duo stay put

'Popular's' Shephard-Robin reups for 2 years

Producers Greer Shephard and Michael Robin are still popular with Warner Bros. TV.

Duo behind the upcoming FX skein “Nip/Tuck” have inked a new two-year, seven-figure overall production and development deal with the studio under their Shephard-Robin Co. banner.

Deal kicks in mid-July following the expiration of their current pact.

Shephard is a former ABC drama exec-turned- producer, while Robin is a veteran helmer whose credits include numerous Steven Bochco skeins, including “NYPD Blue” and “Philly.” Since inking with WBTV in 2001, duo have snagged 16 script orders and four pilot greenlights.

In addition to “Nip/Tuck,” which is also exec produced by scribe Ryan Murphy, CAA-repped Shephard/Robin is producing the ABC drama pilot “The DA,” which stars Steven Weber. Previous credits include the Frog net drama “Popular” (also from Murphy) and the half-hour “Brutally Normal.”

Shephard said she and Robin reupped with WBTV in part because Roth and his team of execs “are not intimidated by our diverse taste palate. They have an open mind about all of our ventures.”

While commercial hits are always a goal for a studio-based shingle, Shephard and Robin are seeking that success by aligning with non-traditional TV scribes (such as novelist Amy Bloom) or with scribes looking to jump from one genre into another.

“Part of our development is designed to introduce new writers to the form, people who aren’t indoctrinated into TV writing,” Shephard said.

WBTV prexy Peter Roth said inking Shephard/Robin to a new deal was “a very simple decision” to make.

“They’re a very unique combination of talents,” Roth said. “They’re remarkably sensitive, very smart and about as intuitive about talent as I’ve ever seen.”

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