Tollin/Robbins inks one-year deal to develop, produce
Prolific producers Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins — who’ll have an impressive five series on the Big Six next season — are moving their small-screen business to NBC Universal TV Studio.
Duo has inked a one-year overall deal to develop and produce series programming for NUTS via their Tollin/Robbins Prods. banner. Until last month, the producers had been based at Disney-owned Touchstone Television; duo’s film shingle will remain at Disney.
Joe Davola and Shelly Zimmerman will continue to head up development for the company.
NUTS deal comes after a solid development season for Tollin/Robbins, one that yielded a fall order for the NBC drama “Inconceivable” and a midseason greenlight from ABC for the Jane Curtin-Fred Savage laffer “Crumbs.” Tollin/Robbins’ WB drama hits “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill” and Frog laffer “What I Like About You,” produced under a previous pact with Warner Bros. TV, will also return in the fall.
NBC U TV Studio prexy Angela Bromstad said the studio had “admired Mike and Brian’s work for years” and was looking forward to getting in business with them.
“Both are prolific and represent quality, and I think it will be a very rewarding endeavor for us,” Bromstad added.
Robbins said he and his partner enjoyed their two-year run at Touchstone, but after working with NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly on “Inconceivable,” they were looking forward to working at a studio aligned with the Peacock.
“It was a great experience, and there’s a lot of opportunity for us at NBC,” Robbins said. “It’s a place that felt like it had a lot of needs, and we’ve always been a company that’s been about new challenges. We think there’s a lot of room for us to grow there.”
Indeed, after creating several hits for Nickelodeon, Tollin/Robbins broke into broadcast TV with its WBTV relationship, helping build three successful skeins for the studio’s sister net, the WB. In 2003, they moved from WBTV to Touchstone.
Noting the 10 shows Jerry Bruckheimer will have on the air next season, Robbins quipped that with five shows in the works, “Mike and I are thinking of renaming our company Half a Bruck Prods.”
Robbins also said that, after meeting with Bromstad, he and Tollin found the studio to be a “really open, enthusiastic place” to develop programming.
In feature film, Tollin/Robbins is working on “Dreamer” for DreamWorks (out in October) and next March’s Tim Allen remake of “The Shaggy D.A.,” which Robbins directed. Past features include “Coach Carter,” “Big Fat Liar” and “Varsity Blues.”