B-G inks with ‘News,’ ‘Shoot’ trio

$15 mil shelled out for Furey, McCall, Sather

HOLLYWOOD — Brillstein-Grey Entertainment has signed three comedy writer-producers to overall deals worth a combined total of about $15 million.

“NewsRadio” co-executive producers Joe Furey and Drake Sather have each signed two-year deals, and Marsh McCall, a co-executive producer on “Just Shoot Me” has inked a two-year deal with an option for year three.

Furey is currently helping develop and will serve as co-executive producer of a new NBC comedy called “Overseas,” which was created by “NewsRadio” creator Paul Simms. NBC is now in talks to order 13 episodes of the series for midseason. Furey has been a critical writer and producer on “NewsRadio” since the show’s inception.

Despite the death of actor Phil Hartman, “NewsRadio” is expected to return next season, and Sather will remain as a co-executive producer of the show. Sather spent the last two seasons as a supervising producer.

Sather is also co-creating an animated series for Brillstein-Grey, and he’s developing an original sitcom of his own. Prior to his work on ‘NewsRadio,” Sather was a co-producer on “The Naked Truth” and a story editor on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”

McCall’s deal calls for him to remain on “Just Shoot Me” for at least one, and possibly two, more seasons. He’ll also work on developing his own show. McCall was previously a supervising producer and co-producer on “Just Shoot Me,” which will be NBC’s Tuesday 9 p.m. anchor next season.

Prior to his position on “Just Shoot Me,” McCall was head writer on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”