'Mercy' creator signs two-year overall deal

Scribe Liz Heldens, creator and exec producer of NBC’s upcoming drama “Mercy,” has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios.

Deal covers Heldens’ development and her services as showrunner on the UMS-produced drama “Mercy,” which revolves around three nurses. It’s got a midseason order from the Peacock.

Heldens has spent the past two years under an overall deal at the studio. She served as a co-exec producer for three seasons on U’s NBC ensembler “Friday Night Lights.”

Angela Bromstad, prexy of entertainment for NBC and UMS, praised Heldens’ work on “Friday Night Lights” and the “Mercy” pilot. “She’s someone we want to be in business with for a very long time,” Bromstad said.

Previously, Heldens was under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where she worked on the WB series “Pepper Dennis” and Fox’s “North Shore.”

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