Jason Katims has signed a new overall deal with Universal Television. The renewed agreement keeps the producer and his True Jack Productions based at the studio for the next three years.Katims currently serves as executive producer on two Universal TV series — Hulu's "The Path" and CBS' "Pure Genius." The former, created by Jessica Goldberg, was renewed in May for a second season on the streaming service. Katims created and serves as showrunner on the latter, which is set to...
Has there been a more realistic and beloved modern husband-and-wife on TV than Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and wife Tami (Connie Britton) of “Friday Night Lights”? That series exemplifies Katims’ style: Realistic, character-driven storytelling that explores relationships among adults and adolescents with a humanity that’s too often lacking in filmed entertainment.
In 2011, Katims credited his time on “My So-Called Life” as a major influence on his work moving forward. In “Relativity,” “Roswell,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” Katims wrote for young characters, bringing forth their inner lives in ways both recognizable and believable.
“I think there’s something about writing about that period in somebody’s life that is really compelling to me,” he told Variety in 2014. “It’s a time when we’re really formed. It’s a time where you’re both a child and an adult at the same time.”
Katims also has a reputation as a master adapter given that four of his series, including the NBC comedy “About a Boy,” are based on existing media properties.
In 2016, Katims shepherded CBS’s medical drama “Pure Genius” and made his first move into streaming series with “The Path” for Hulu, which returned for a second season in 2017. Up next is “Rise,” a high school set drama starring Josh Radnor, slated for a 2018 debut on NBC.