Veteran TV writer-producer Dean Hargrove has inked an exclusive two-year deal with Columbia TriStar TV worth close to $2 million a year, sources say.
As part of the pact, Hargrove has been named executive producer of Columbia’s CBS drama “Early Edition,” which is set to return for its sophomore season Saturdays at 9 p.m. Bob Brush and Lillah McCarthy will also stay on as executive producers of “Early Edition,” and Hargrove will also develop new series for CTT.
“‘Early Edition’ is a very interesting, cutting-edge drama with a strong fantasy element,” Hargrove said. “It look to me like a show that can be very successful.”
Also an executive producer of “Diagnosis Murder” on CBS, Hargrove has created and produced several TV series, including “Matlock,” “Jake and the Fatman” and “Father Dowling Mysteries.”
He was previously a producer on the “Perry Mason” movies on NBC, and he has worked as a writer-producer on “McCloud,” “Columbo” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” among others.
Before cutting the deal with Columbia, Hargrove had a production deal with Viacom for 12 years, which expired about a year ago. He also spent two years as president of Henry Winkler Prods. before forming his own Dean Hargrove Prods. His deal with Columbia was made by Eric Tannenbaum, president of CTT.