'Battlestar' exec producer signs two-year pact
“Battlestar Galactica” exec producer David Eick is expanding his role in the NBC universe, inking a two-year overall deal with the Peacock’s studio arm.While Eick has spent most of his career at either NBC or predecessor Universal working as a producer or exec, this seven-figure pact reps the first time he’s signed an overall for his work as a scribe. Deal kicks in June 1. Even as he continues to work as a nonwriting producer shepherding various projects — including the long-in-the-works “BSG” prequel “Caprica” for Sci Fi Channel — Eick has begun penning projects by himself and with partners. “My focus now is probably going to be a little less about casting a wide net and a little more on focusing on one, two or maybe three projects a year, maybe writing one myself,” Eick said. So far this season:
- Eick is working on “AKA,” a family adventure from scribe Kerry Ehrins (“Friday Night Lights”), which Eick describes as “Little Miss Sunshine” meets “Thelma and Louise.”
- Eick is shepherding a project from scribe Dario Scardapane that’s a sort of modern-day “Hart to Hart.”
- And as a solo scribe, Eick is working on an adaptation of an existing Universal property, the title of which is being kept under wraps pending completion of a rights deal. Eick has a track record adapting properties for U: In addition to “Battlestar Galactica,” he also oversaw this season’s remake of “The Bionic Woman,” which fizzled out after a boffo bow.
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