Par recruits ‘Case’ worker

Full Stiehm ahead for Paramount

Paramount Network TV is hot for “Cold Case” creator Meredith Stiehm.

Studio has inked the scribe-showrunner to a three-year overall deal to create, develop and exec produce series projects. Pact locks up Stiehm through June 2008 and moves her from Warner Bros. TV, where she had been working since 2000.

Stiehm will remain as showrunner on the WBTV/CBS Prods./Bruckheimer TV-produced “Cold Case” for at least another season, with Par loaning out her services on the show.

Par Network TV prexy Dave Stapf worked closely with Stiehm on “Cold Case” as part of his previous role as head of current programming for CBS. He said bringing Stiehm to the studio has been one of his top goals since taking over the division last year.

“She’s somebody I’ve admired for a long time, going back to when she was on ‘NYPD Blue,’ ” Stapf said. “She’s very smart, very collaborative and inventive in a way that never compromises the quality.”

Exec said the theatrical nature of “Cold Case” is such that “each episode feels different from the last one, and yet it has all the hallmarks of a (weekly) series.” Even during the skein’s first season, “it felt like the show had been on the air for three or four years. I credit Meredith with that,” Stapf added. She sets the bar very high for herself.”

“Cold Case” is the first series created and exec produced by CAA-repped Stiehm. She previously spent two seasons on “ER” and four years on “NYPD Blue.” Other credits include the Eye’s “The District” and, going back a decade, “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

Stiehm called Stapf “a great friend to ‘Cold Case,’ both at CBS and Paramount” and said the exec’s leadership at the studio made signing a deal with Par “an easy decision.”

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