‘Creek’ scribe rides tide to CTTV deal

Earns exec producer, head writer stripes

“Dawson’s Creek” scribe Tom Kapinos has sealed a two-year, low-seven-figure deal with Columbia TriStar Television, elevating him to showrunner status on the hit WB teen drama.

Kapinos will serve as executive producer and head writer while sharing showrunner duties with fellow exec producers Paul Stupin and Greg Prange. Kapinos replaces Greg Berlanti, who had been steering the show.

Berlanti (“The Broken Hearts Club”) will drop day-to-day involvement with “Dawson’s Creek” but remain as a consulting producer on the skein’s first 13 episodes of the upcoming season. Berlanti will then focus on developing new projects at Columbia TriStar TV, where he has also signed a two-year deal.

“Dawson’s Creek” enters its fifth season next fall.

“I couldn’t be happier with the success of ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ and look forward to my new role on the show,” Kapinos said.

From spec to staff

Besides “Dawson,” Kapinos will develop new dramas under his overall pact with Columbia TriStar TV. Kapinos has risen quickly on “Dawson’s Creek”: The writer-producer, who’s repped by CAA, joined the show just two years ago after having sold a spec script to the series.

“Tom has become a key member of the team at ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ ” Mazza said. “We’re happy to be continuing our relationship with him and look forward to another successful season with Tom on board.”

Kapinos’ other credits include the screenplay “Virgin Mary.” He’s currently collaborating with Berlanti on the Banner Entertainment feature “Mitchell’s Fifth,” which Berlanti will direct.

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