Deal includes setting up a new shingle at Universal TV, and the pact will focus on producing scripted content.
Janollari shepherded MTV’s scripted skeins “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward” to the net, and while prez of the WB Network, launched programs including “Supernatural.” From 1996 to 2003, Janollari held a producing partnership with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt that led to programs including HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”
“We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” said Greenblatt. “He’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with and I’m thrilled to be back in business with him at our studio. When he left MTV it became my goal to talk him back into producing again.”
Janollari added: “The opportunity to work with Bela, Jen Salke, Bob Greenblatt and all of the creative people at Universal Television – some of whom I have known for the better part of two decades – is what I’m really looking forward to. I’m very excited about returning to producing again after nearly 10 years on the network side and hopefully supplying attention-getting new shows to all of the networks.”