'King' duo set with studio
“King of the Hill” scribes Aron Abrams and Greg Thompson are headed for the Paramount mountain.
Duo have inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the Viacom-owned studio, which has been looking to bolster its writer roster under new prexy David Stapf. Deal, which goes into effect in June, calls for the scribes to create, develop and exec produce series programming for Par.
On top of the Par pact, Abrams and Thompson are developing a CBS comedy for thesp Aisha Tyler (“Friends”) that’s been given a premium script commitment by the net.
Tyler has been busy this season with multiepisode arcs on “CSI” and “24,” and she has a talent holding deal at the Eye. She and Will Ward are attached to serve as producers on the CBS project should it get picked up to pilot.
Stapf said Abrams and Thompson fit the profile of the kinds of writers he’s “trying to attract to the studio.”
“They’re good, smart and aggressive writers,” Stapf said. “They’re an entity we identified early on (when Stapf arrived at Par last year), and we were able to get them.”
Stapf said he’s been looking for scribe-producers who can immediately kickstart the studio’s development.
“What we’re trying to do is build up the rosters with writers who can be immediately helpful on shows as well as have strength in development,” he said.
Abrams and Thompson serve as co-exec producers on the current season of “King of the Hill,” which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. The Endeavor-repped scribes also worked on the Carsey-Werner skeins “Grounded for Life” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”