You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘CSI’ loads Cannon for triple duty

Hyphenate to exec produce, helm, pen episodes

“CSI” stalwart Danny Cannon has inked a deal that ups him to exec producer on all three editions of the CBS forensics franchise — including the upcoming Gotham spinoff.

Cannon also has been tapped to direct the pilot for “CSI: New York,” a self-contained episode of “CSI: Miami” that will begin filming early next month. Deal gives Cannon the hat trick: Hyphenate also directed pilots for original recipe “CSI” and extra-spicy “Miami.”

One-year pact also calls for Cannon — who had been co-exec producer on “Miami” and exec producer of the Las Vegas-based original — to write episodes of the latter skein while directing segs of all three.

“The visual style of ‘CSI’ is so distinctive, and Danny has a lot to do with that,” CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves told Daily Variety. “He’s a very important part of the team, and we’re real happy he’s doing the pilot.”

Bruckheimer Films TV topper Jonathan Littman said Cannon was responsible for “helping to bring to life the forensic” science at the heart of the show. Success of classic “CSI” spawned a slew of clones, which has presented Cannon with a challenge.

“He’s constantly having to find ways to make it new, make it fresh and never let it get routine,” Littman said. “Everyone’s copying us now, and we have to stay ahead of the curve.”

Anthony Zuiker, who created the original “CSI,” will create the extra-crispy Gotham spinoff and write its pilot with his fellow “CSI” and “CSI: Miami” exec producers Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.

All three — as well as Cannon and Jerry Bruckheimer — will be exec producers on “CSI: New York,” with Zuiker serving as showrunner. Donahue continues to run “CSI: Miami,” while Mendelsohn retains day-to-day oversight of the original “CSI.” CBS Prods., Alliance Atlantis and Bruckheimer Films produce all three skeins.

ICM-repped Cannon, meanwhile, will continue developing feature projects. He wrote and is set to direct “Harm’s Way,” which is in the works at Bruckheimer Films.

More TV

  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams Sets March 4 Return to Syndicated Talk Show

    After a six-week leave with health issues, Wendy Williams is set to return to her syndicated daytime talk show on March 4. Williams has been on leave from “The Wendy Williams Show” since Jan. 18 to deal with health issues including a fractured shoulders and complications from Graves disease, an immune system disorder which the [...]

  • Kelly Abcarian - Nielsen

    Nielsen Forms Addressable TV Ad Group After Buying Sorenson Media's Assets for $11.25 Million

    Nielsen thinks it has the pieces in place to finally drive up the scale of addressable TV advertising, targeted based on a television household’s profile the way internet ads have been served for years. The media-measurement firm has formed Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising, a new group focusing on developing addressable advertising initially for internet-connected smart [...]

  • Telefonica’s Movistar + Ups Pay TV

    Telefonica’s Movistar + Ups Spanish Pay TV Growth by 28% in 2018

    MADRID —  Telefonica, the European telecom which has made the largest bet on content over the last two years, saw a 6% year-in-year growth in pay TV customers in Spain, the country where that drive is most noticeable, Telefonica confirmed on a Thursday conference call, walking analysts through its full-year 2018 results. Net subscriber additions [...]

  • Name Of The Rose

    Germany's Tele München Group Sold to Investment Firm KKR

    Global investment firm KKR has acquired Tele München Group, one of Germany’s largest television businesses. The surprise deal was announced Thursday. New York-based global investor KKR has holdings in multiple sectors, including infrastructure, energy and real estate. Tele München Group, or TMG, is active in both production and distribution; its projects include the highly anticipated [...]

  • UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report: Women, Minorities

    Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

    Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. “My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell [...]

  • 60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan takes

    Lara Logan Says She's Been 'Targeted' for Her Claims of Liberal Media Bias

    Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on “Hannity” Wednesday evening to expand on her recent remarks characterizing the media as “mostly liberal.” “It’s obvious, right, because you get targeted,” she said, explaining her earlier comments that she was committing “professional suicide” by criticizing the media. “It’s the same group of people, they’re already [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    'Empire' Producers Consider Suspending Jussie Smollett (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on “Empire.” Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett’s status on [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content