Emmy-winning “Amazing Race” exec producer Hayma “Screech” Washington is returning to his scripted roots, inking a two-year, seven-figure development and production pact with CBS.
Washington isn’t bowing out of “Race”; under his new deal, he’ll continue to oversee the ultracomplicated day-to-day logistics on the reality skein.
But the pact also gives Washington the chance to develop scripted comedies and dramas for the Eye. Before signing up for “Race,” Washington was exec producer for Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future.”
Washington said the new deal gives him “the opportunity to branch out beyond the reality genre to explore my passion for drama and comedy.”
Washington was a producer-director on the kiddie skein “The Jersey” and also spent 10 years as VP of production for Disney-owned Buena Vista Prods.
During his Disney years, Washington staged remotes for “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” and worked on production for series such as “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.” He’s also directed several short films, including “The Drive,” via his Screecher’s Pix Ltd. shingle.
Bert Van Munster and Elise Doganieri co-created “Amazing Race.” Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Van Munster serve as exec producers, along with Washington.