Touchstone Television is adding longtime TV writer John Wirth to its scribe tribe.
Wirth is closing in on a two-year, seven-figure overall deal to create, develop and exec produce series projects for the studio. He’s already on board to serve as showrunner-exec producer of the Touchstone/Paramount-produced “The Ghost Whisperer,” a Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer bowing this fall on CBS.
Scribe was showrunner on Eye drama “The District” and before that spent five years on Carlton Cuse’s long-running CBS actioner “Nash Bridges.”
Most recently, Wirth was an exec producer on the Eye pilot contender “Love Monkey.” Project wasn’t picked up for fall but is still said to be a contender for a midseason order.
Wirth said his deal with Touchstone sprang in part from the positive notices his scribe friends have recently been giving the studio.
“A bunch of them have gone over there, and they all rave about what a filmmaker-friendly place it is,” Wirth told Daily Variety. “I also really like their creative execs and the guy who runs production, Barry Jossen. There was a mutual interest in working together… (and) it all seemed like a good fit.”
On “Ghost Whisperer,” Wirth will be working in concert with series creator John Gray and nonwriting exec producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses. Wirth came aboard the show following production of the pilot, giving him a chance to see the finished product before signing on.
“It’s spooky and has this incredible emotional resonance to it,” he said, adding that he looked forward to telling some solid ghost stories, as well as more “emotional stories about these people who die and who need some closure before they move on.”
Wirth, who’s repped by Endeavor, said he’ll “spend most of my energy launching this show” before he turns his focus to developing new projects.
In addition to “The District” and “Nash Bridges,” Wirth’s credits include “Picket Fences” and “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” He also developed several pilots for CBS and NBC in recent years.