Touchstone inks ‘Whisperer’ duo

Sander, Moses will continue on Hewitt skein

Producer team Ian Sander and Kim Moses have sealed a new pod deal at Touchstone TV, keeping them inside the Disney camp for two more years.

Under the pact, Sander and Moses will continue as nonwriting exec producers on CBS’ upcoming Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle “The Ghost Whisperer.” John Wirth serves as writing exec producer on the show, which comes from Touchstone and Paramount.

In other series deal news, “Bernie Mac Show” vets Warren Hutcherson and Steve Tompkins are in final negotiations to take over showrunner duties on the Fox laffer.

Hutcherson and Tompkins are expected to replace Peter Aronson, who’s departing the show.

As for Sander and Moses, beyond “The Ghost Whisperer,” going forward, the producers will also work on new projects, focusing on the hour-long drama genre.

Given their wide background, which has encompassed telepics and nonfiction specials and events, Sander and Moses may also dabble in longform and reality for the ABC/Disney family.

A main priority

With their success in landing “Ghost Whisperer” on the skeds, Touchstone drama topper Morgan Wandell said keeping Sander and Moses in the family was a priority.

“We’ve got high hopes for ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ ” Wandell said. “When they come at a project, they come at it comprehensively.”

Sander and Moses’ credits include “Profiler,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “The Beast.” On the telepic side, they were behind projects including “Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein,” “How to Marry a Billionaire” and “Ali: An American Hero.”

The duo also have experience in the reality genre (“How’d They Do That?,” “Comic Strip Live”) and the Internet world (ABC.com’s “Confessions of a Desperate Housewife”).

“There’s not many things on a set that these guys haven’t done,” Wandell said.

‘Mac’ men

Over on “Bernie Mac” front, Hutcherson’s credits include “Moesha,” “Living Single” and “Saturday Night Live.” Tompkins exec produced “Entourage” and “The PJs,” and worked on “The Simpsons” and “In Living Color.”

Aronson took over the “Bernie Mac” showrunner gig in 2003, having previously served as president of Regency TV.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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