“West Wing” exec producer Thomas Schlamme has signed on for another one-year term at Warner Bros. Television.
Schlamme will remain an exec producer of the NBC White House drama during the 2000-01 season. He’ll also direct several episodes of “The West Wing,” as well as other series.
New pact also calls for Schlamme to develop and produce new series for WBTV.
“Tommy is an outstanding producer and director,” said WBTV topper Peter Roth. “He has served as the visual architect of ‘The West Wing,’ and we are thrilled to have him on our team.”
Schlamme is the second “West Wing” exec to ink a new deal with WBTV this summer: Series creator Aaron Sorkin last month signed a four-year overall pact with the studio (Daily Variety, July 27). Schlamme and Sorkin worked together previously on the ABC half-hour “Sports Night.”
“The West Wing” is up for 18 Emmys next month; Schlamme himself was nominated for directing the freshman show’s pilot episode. Helmer also snagged a DGA nom for the same seg, as well as a DGA award for the “Sports Night” pilot.
“Peter Roth and Warner Bros. have nurtured ‘The West Wing,’ playing an enormous role in the show’s success,” Schlamme said.
Schlamme is one of TV’s most sought-after directors, having helmed segments of numerous hit shows, including “Friends,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Mad About You,” “Ally McBeal” and “Spin City.” He earned an Emmy nom for directing a live episode of “ER” and an Emmy award for his work as a producer-helmer on HBO’s “Tracey Takes On.”
On the feature front, Schlamme has directed the pics “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “You So Crazy” and “Miss Firecracker.”
Deal was brokered by Endeavor.