“3rd Rock from the Sun” scribes Bob Kushell, Christine Zander and David Sacks have inked new two-year, mid-six-figure overall deals with the Carsey-Werner Co.
Pact officially elevates trio to exec producers on the skein under Bonnie and Terry Turner. It also calls for the scribes to develop new programming for the indie powerhouse.
Sacks is currently developing laffer “Dog Years” for NBC, while Zander is creating and exec producing the Wayne Knight comedy pilot for the Peacock.
Both projects are considered top contenders for fall.
Under the terms of Kushell’s deal, should the Zander and Sacks pilots both be picked up, Kushell will assume showrunner status on “3rd Rock” under the Turners.
Kushell’s deal was brokered by Chris Silbermann of BKWU and attorney Ken Richman. Zander and Sacks are repped by CAA.
“3rd Rock” has already been renewed by NBC for the 2000-01 season.
Previously, Zack had been a co-exec producer on “3rd Rock,” while Kushell and Zander were supervising producers. Trio’s promotion follows the departure of exec producers Bill Martin and Mike Schiff to create a comedy pilot for Fox.
Before joining “3rd Rock” when the show launched in 1996, Kushell wrote for “Dream On” and “The Simpsons.” Zander had been a scribe on “Saturday Night Live” and “Nurses,” while Sacks wrote for “The Simpsons” and “Murphy Brown.”