Former “Law & Order” exec producer Barry Schindel, who more recently created the short-lived “Robbery Homicide Division,” has sealed a multiyear development deal with Paramount Network TV.
Under the pact, Schindel will create, develop and exec produce programs for the studio and all networks. He’ll also join Par’s new Eye drama “Numbers” as an exec producer.
Schindel said he’s “come full circle” by setting up camp at Par. Scribe’s first pilot, “Bronx County,” was set up at Par sibling CBS. Schindel also worked closely with Paramount Network TV prexy David Stapf on “Robbery Homicide Division” back when Stapf was head of the Eye’s current programming department.
“I’ve done a number of pilots at CBS,” Schindel said. “David Stapf has been incredibly supportive, and I’m very comfortable with (Viacom co-prexy) Leslie (Moonves) and (CBS Entertainment prexy) Nina (Tassler).”
A former trial attorney, Schindel said he plans to continue developing procedural-style projects — but with a heavy emphasis on character development.
“My passions are police, lawyers and relationships,” he said.
Meanwhile, as Stapf continues to rebuild the studio under Moonves, he’s looking to seal a few more development deals (in addition to those with Daniel Cerone and Barbara Hall).
“We are aggressively trying to go after writers that we not only have a history with but who we know can deliver — and, in the case of Barry, who are showrunners,” Stapf said. “He’s at the top of that list.”
Stapf called Schindel “a perfect fit” for “Numbers” given the show’s character-driven mysteries.
Schindel’s credits include a previous development deal with Universal TV (then known as Studios USA) and a two-script deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
He joined “Law & Order” as a scribe-producer in 1999 and was quickly elevated to exec producer. CAA-repped Schindel left the series in 2002; he also spent time on Dick Wolf’s “Dragnet” revival.