Touchstone TV parks Parriott

'Anatomy' of a multiyear deal

“Grey’s Anatomy” exec producer Jim Parriott is scrubbing in for the long-haul at Touchstone Television, inking a multiyear overall deal with the studio.

Seven-figure pact calls for Parriott to continue as a showrunner on creator Shonda Rhimes’ hit ABC medical drama while also developing new series projects under the Touchstone banner. Deal is expected to keep Parriott at Touchstone until 2008.

Touchstone has now locked in most of the top producer talent on “Grey’s,” which has become staple of Nielsen’s top 5 after less than a year on the air. Studio also has long-term deals in place with Rhimes, helmer Peter Horton and exec producers Mark Gordon and Betsy Beers.

Julia Franz, exec VP of Touchstone Television, said Parriott “has been a huge asset to us as a showrunner.” She also said she was anticipating what she dubbed “Parriott originals”.

Deal replaces the pact Parriott inked with Touchstone barely a year ago, well before “Grey’s” premiered.

Prior to “Grey’s,” CAA-repped Parriott was showrunner of the short-lived Touchstone drama “Threat Matrix” and worked on another medical drama for the studio, 2002’s “MDs”. He also created the mid-1990s cult drama “Forever Knight” and the Fox summer drama “The American Embassy”; other credits include “Push, NV” and “Dark Skies.”

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