Carlton Cuse, A&E Sign First-Look Development Deal

A&E has bolstered its relationship with Carlton Cuse, announcing Friday that is has signed a three-year, first-look development agreement with the “Bates Motel” exec producer.

Under the deal, Cuse will work closely with A+E Studios EVP Barry Jossen and his team to develop quality original drama programming for the A+E portfolio of networks, including A&E, Lifetime and History. The news is also noteworthy, as this marks A+E Studios’ first overall production deal with a creator/writer-producer since its inception.

“Carlton is a consummate showman and one of the greatest creative minds working in television today,” said Jossen, who made the announcement. “Since the start of A+E Studios, it has been our intention to expand our collaboration with Carlton. We know he is one of the few producers with the unique combination of creativity and skills to personally create, as well as nurture other writers. Now, we can continue on our path with Carlton toward producing many successful and brand-defining series together.”

In addition to “Bates Motel,” which will soon air its third season, Cuse is also exec producing the upcoming adaptation of “The Returned” for A&E Network. He also exec producers “The Strain” for FX and is working with USA Network on the pilot for “The Colony,” which reunites him with “Lost” actor Josh Holloway.

“I’m very excited to be extending my relationship with A+E where I’ve had such a wonderful and supportive creative experience,” said Cuse. “I look forward to continuing to work on ‘The Returned’ and to developing other projects with Bob DeBitetto, Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson and the amazing team at A+E. It’s a great place to work.”

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