Network nets million dollar man
Fresh off the pickup of his new Peacock drama, exec producer Jason Smilovic has sealed a hefty seven-figure overall deal with NBC Universal TV Studio.Smilovic is an exec producer on “The Bionic Woman,” which he joined prior to production to revise it. The scribe played a large role in the version that was eventually shot and has now been ordered to series. Under terms of the pact, Smilovic will help launch “Bionic Woman” and make sure it’s operating better, stronger, faster before turning his attention to developing series. “In the immediate future, I’ll be getting the show up and running to make sure it has legs,” Smilovic said. “I’ll be there for as long as it takes to accomplish that goal, and then start developing again.” Smilovic said “Bionic Woman” will operate as a hybrid drama — with both standalone episodes and segs that feed into a larger narrative framework. “We’re trying to take the show and the (1970s-era) idea of a bionic woman, but really modernize it,” he said. “We’ll update the show for a contemporary world, and use it not only to deal with today’s social issues but also about what’s going on in the world right now.” New deal continues Smilovic’s relationship with NBC Universal; he most recently created and exec produced the drama “Kidnapped” for the Peacock. “NBC has always in my opinion been the most sophisticated network,” he said. “It’s been a great collaboration. They know what they want and really empower the writers and directors.” As for what he wants to pen next, Smilovic said he’d “like to do something that’s dark and takes place over a very long period of time.” “The one thing in common about all the projects I’ve been involved with is that they have nothing in common,” Smilovic said. Before “Kidnapped,” Smilovic was behind ABC’s critically acclaimed but short-lived “Karen Sisco.” In the feature world, he wrote “Lucky Number Slevin.” Smilovic — who’s repped by CAA and Madhouse — also recently launched his production shingle, Dark & Stormy Entertainment (Daily Variety, April 23).