Aron Coleite, Joe Pokaski ink two-year deals
NBC is mining the staff of “Heroes” for writing talent, sealing overall deals with series scribes Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski.
The Peacock’s Universal Media Studios arm has signed separate two-year pacts with Coleite and Pokaski, who will continue to write for “Heroes” but also start developing projects as well.
Both writers are proteges of “Heroes” creator Tim Kring, having previously worked with Kring on “Crossing Jordan,” also for NBC.
“They’re great, imaginative guys who have impressed us over and over again,” said NBC drama topper Laura Lancaster. Coleite, who continues on “Heroes” as a co-exec producer, said he’s already kicking around a handful of ideas to develop.
“I’ve been waiting to develop since day one,” Coleite said. “NBC Universal and Tim and Angela (Bromstad) gave me my shot when I was at ‘Crossing Jordan,’ and they were truly supportive.”
Coleite has been with “Heroes” since that show’s launch; ditto Pokaski, who will now serve as supervising producer on the series’ fourth season.
Pokaski said he is also already coming up with potential series concepts for development.
Pokaski has also been helping “Heroes” scribe Jesse Alexander on his new show, “Day One.”