Producers' deals weren't renewed at Sony
Producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, as well as the shingle run by Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, have all made the move from Sony to CBS TV Studios.
As part of the studio switch, the Tannenbaums have parted ways with their Tantamount partner Mitch Hurwitz. However, Hurwitz and the Tannenbaums will continue to work together on Fox’s fall comedy “Running Wilde.”
The Tannenbaums joined forces with Hurwitz in 2007, when they launched the production label Tantamount at Sony Pictures TV.
The trio found great success in selling pilots to the networks — scoring a whopping six in 2009. But “Brothers” is the only one of that crop that made it to the air that year.
This year, in perhaps a sign that their relationship with the studio was coming to a end, “Running Wilde” nearly collapsed after Sony dropped out of the project. Lionsgate came to the rescue, however, and is now producing that show with Tantamount.
Moving to CBS TV Studios, the Tannenbaums will now likely retire “Tantamount” and dust off their previous Tannenbaum Co. shingle name. The husband-and-wife duo launched Tannenbaum Co. at Warner Bros. TV in 2002, and found a hit in exec producing Chuck Lorre’s “Two and a Half Men” for CBS.
Other pilots Tantamount had in the works at the nets this year included “Team Spitz” at CBS, as well as “Southern Discomfort” and “Wright vs. Wrong” (which is now being redeveloped) at ABC. The trio also exec produced Fox’s animated comedy “Sit Down, Shut Up.”
More recently, Hurwitz signed with WME, while the Tannenbaumsremained at CAA — perhaps making the split easier. Hurwitz and the Tannenbaums’ relationship dates back to ATG, which Eric Tannenbaum ran, and where Hurwitz exec produced “The Ellen Show.”
The addition of the Tannenbaums, as well as Timberman and Beverly, gives CBS TV Studios a quartet of veteran producers who also have plenty of experience as studio executives.
Eric Tannenbaum formerly ran Sony precursor Columbia TriStar TV, where Kim Tannenbaum was also an exec. Timberman was also an exec at Columbia TriStar, and later ran Studios USA/Universal Network TV, where Beverly was an exec.
Moving on as a producer, Timberman moved her 25C Prods. shingle to her old Sony stomping grounds in 2003. When Beverly was promoted to her partner in 2007, the shingle renamed itself Timberman/Beverly Prods.
Timberman/Beverly is behind FX’s critically acclaimed frosh entry “Justified.”