Studios USA signs scribes

Nankin, Gordon get overall development deals

Studios USA has signed scribes-producers Michael Nankin (“Life Goes On”) and Jill Gordon (“My So-Called Life”) to overall development deals.

Pacts were announced Thursday by Studios USA programming prexy David Kissinger, who said the studio is “expanding by getting in business with some of the best drama writers in television.”

“We are confident that these new deals and the projects resulting from them will yield a crop of distinctive new shows,” Kissinger added.

As part of his deal with Studios USA, Nankin already has a script order from CBS for “My Pet,” a family drama about a couple who work on a psychiatric emergency team. In addition to serving as a producer on “Life Goes On,” Nankin was co-exec producer of Fox’s summer actioner “Roar” and a producer on “Picket Fences.”

Before “My So-Called Life,” Gordon was a writer on “thirtysomething” and co-exec producer of “The Wonder Years.” She’s developing a drama about recent law school grads for NBC.