Helmer's versatility pays at U

Versatile helmer Marc Buckland has inked a two-year development pact with Universal Media Studios.

Buckland is known for moving freely between comedy and drama series. He directed the pilot for the NBC/UMS fantasy drama “Grimm,” which was a dark horse contender that earned a slot on the Peacock’s fall sked.

“I’m a huge fan of Marc’s and he’s very important to NBC and our studio,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “He’s an extremely inventive producer and director, equally adept at storytelling for both comedy and drama.”

Buckland said he was happy to plant roots at the Peacock. “After 12 years of marriage, it sure is nice to be wanted,” he joked.

Buckland earned an Emmy and DGA kudo for directing the pilot of “My Name Is Earl,” on which he was an exec producer. His other helming-producing credits range from “NYPD Blue” and “The West Wing” to “Scrubs,” “Sports Night” and “Ed.”

Buckland is repped by ICM.

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