Universal strikes gold with Goldstick

Exec set to join 'Lipstick Jungle'

Universal Media Studios has sealed a two-year overall deal with Oliver Goldstick, who will join midseason drama “Lipstick Jungle” as exec producer and showrunner.

Goldstick, who ran and exec produced the skein “Inconceivable” for the Peacock, most recently co-exec produced “Ugly Betty” and wrote on “State of Mind.”

The prolific scribe’s credits also include “Desperate Housewives,” “Popular,” “Windfall,” “Caroline in the City,” “American Dreams” and “Coach.”

“Oliver is great at writing emotional depth and dynamic characters, which are both essential to this series,” said Universal Media Studios drama senior VP Elisa Roth.

On “Lipstick Jungle,” he replaces DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler, who have left the show.

The drama, based on the book by Candace Bushnell, stars Kim Raver, Brooke Shields and Lindsay Price as high-powered women navigating life in New York. Production on the show has been pushed to November to accommodate the showrunner shift and Raver’s pregnancy.

“I had a great experience working with (Peacock entertainment co-chair) Ben Silverman and (NBC development topper) Teri Weinberg on ‘Ugly Betty,’” Goldstick said. “I’d pretty much follow them into any jungle. The series has great potential.”

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