“Alias” showrunner Jeff Pinkner is staying under the cover of Touchstone Television, inking a two-year overall deal with the studio.
Seven-figure pact covers Pinkner’s services on ABC’s Touchstone-produced spy drama. It also calls for him to create, develop and exec produce new series projects for the studio.
Pinkner is expected to spend the first year of the deal focused on the J.J. Abrams-created “Alias” before turning his attention to development next year.
Morgan Wandell, senior VP of drama for Touchstone, used superlatives such as “spectacular” to describe Pinkner’s skills as a scribe and said that bodes well for his future creations.
“We are waiting for the day when we can sit down with him to talk about development,” Wandell said.
Touchstone pact reps Pinkner’s first development deal at a studio. He’s been with “Alias” since the show’s first season, starting out as a producer before rising to showrunner status.
Pinkner said Touchstone’s handling of the creative process made the studio attractive to him.
“They’ve proved in the last few years that they’re very adventurous and committed to putting quality television on the air,” he told Daily Variety. “They understand what storytellers are trying to do and are supportive in getting that vision on the screen (rather than) imposing their vision.”
As for development, Pinkner said he’ll focus on shows where “the stories are driven by strong characters as opposed to the other way around.”
Previous credits for Endeavor-repped Pinkner include multiple seasons on the CBS drama “Early Edition,” as well as stints on “The Street” and “The Beast.”