James Patterson Signs First-Look Deal with CBS TV

James Patterson Entertainment, the bestselling author’s namesake shingle, has closed a first-look deal for a multi-year first look deal with CBS Television Studios.

This is the first TV deal to tap into Patterson’s library. His books include the Alex Cross crime novels that were adapted into films like “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls” and the “Women’s Murder Club” series that resulted in an ABC drama.

The partnership also includes a first-look deal for producer Cathy Konrad’s Treeline Films, which already has an overall with CBS TV. Under the terms of Patterson’s deal, JPE will partner with Treeline Films and other producers to develop his books into series.

Konrad brought Patterson’s sci-fi thriller “Zoo” to CBS TV, resulting in a 13-episode straight-to-series order event drama series that will be broadcast in summer 2015 on CBS. Patterson and Bill Robinson of JPE will exec producer with Konrad and James Mangold of Treeline, alongside script writers Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, and Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen of JPE.

Patterson is represented by CAA and attorney Peter Grossman.

Treeline is represented by WME and attorney Jason Sloane.

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