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Steinberg heads to Warner TV

'Nine' creator gets seven figures

Warner Bros. TV has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with thesp-turned-scribe K.J. Steinberg, co-creator of critically hailed ABC skein “The Nine.”

Pact, which begins in June, calls for Steinberg to create, develop and exec produce series projects for the studio. She’s also joined the producing ranks of the Warner Horizon-produced Lifetime skein “State of Mind” on an interim basis.

WBTV prexy Peter Roth said locking down a deal with Steinberg was a priority for him.

“K.J. is a rising star whom we very much wanted to keep on our roster,” he said. “We anticipate great things from her in the future.”

Steinberg said her creative experience with WBTV on “The Nine” convinced her to ink with the studio. “I couldn’t imagine shaping and launching the next (series) anywhere else,” she told Daily Variety.

Scribe said Roth and the studio’s exec team was “great during development, in that they’re nurturing and challenging at the same time.”

Steinberg was a co-exec producer on “The Nine” and wrote many of its episodes. While the show garnered some of the best critical notices of the fall season, auds didn’t immediately warm to it, and ABC is still mulling when to bring it back.

While it’s too early to say what her next project will be, Steinberg said she likes ideas that blend comedy and drama. “I think the marriage of the two is appetizing,” she said.

Steinberg came up with the original idea for “The Nine” and pitched it to several producers. She ultimately decided to work with brother Hank Steinberg (“Without a Trace”), developing the show at WBTV via his overall deal.

Hank Steinberg and WBTV recently parted ways after five years, with the “Trace” scribe inking an overall deal with NBC Universal TV Studio.

K.J. Steinberg, meanwhile, began her TV career as a staff writer on the final season of “Judging Amy.” She’s been a playwright since college and has done acting turns in skeins such as “Friends” and “Without a Trace.”

Deal was brokered by Endeavor and Jamie Feldman.

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