‘Trace’ ace transfers to Par Network TV

Redlich signs 7-figure pact with studio

It’s no mystery: Former “Without a Trace” showrunner Ed Redlich is headed to Paramount Network Television.

Studio has inked a rich two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Redlich to develop and produce series projects. Scribe-producer had been based at Warner Bros. TV since 1998.

Redlich won’t board any Par projects now, though he’s open to doing so in the future. Instead, he’ll jump into development for the 2006-07 season.

Working with series creator Hank Steinberg, Redlich was exec producer-showrunner of the pilot and first two seasons of the Jerry Bruckheimer/WBTV-produced “Trace.” He reduced his duties last year to focus on development and has now ankled the skein.

Par Network TV prexy David Stapf said that in his past gig as head of current programming for CBS, he was able to observe the talents of Redlich firsthand.

“He has always been associated with some of the highest-quality shows on television,” Stapf added. “We are anxious to provide a supportive environment at Paramount TV, where Ed can develop and produce television’s next great series.”

Redlich most recently teamed with producer — and wife — Sarah Timberman to develop the WBTV-produced Sally Field starrer “Conviction” for CBS. Pilot didn’t get picked up for fall and, like Redlich, Timberman recently left WBTV as well. She signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Before joining “Trace” in 2002, Redlich was an exec producer on the first season of the WB’s “Felicity.” He also spent two seasons on ABC’s “The Practice.”

Redlich said that “the whole nexus of working with CBS on ‘Without a Trace’ ” made coming to Par an attractive move.

“It’s just great to have a creative partner where, after getting off a notes call with them, you say, ‘Boy, they made that better’ rather than ‘Now I have to deal with pain-in-the-ass notes,’ ” he said. While BWCS-repped Redlich is still mulling development options, he said he’s particularly open to trying something outside of the procedural crime drama.

“It would be fun to do something that’s just a little off the beaten path,” he said, noting the success of nonprocedurals in the past season. “I’d like to maybe get back to telling some stories that continue (over several weeks).”

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