“NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bochco is switching precincts, sealing a new production deal with Touchstone Television.
Under the multiyear overall deal, Bochco will exec produce and develop a variety of projects at the studio for all networks.
Touchstone TV topper Mark Pedowitz, who’s also exec veep of ABC Entertainment TV Group, made the announcement Friday.
“Steven Bochco’s talents in creating groundbreaking, innovative appointment TV are unparalleled,” Pedowitz said.
Bochco is already off to a busy development season, creating and writing a LAPD-set cop/mystery show at the WB (Daily Variety, Aug. 11) and partnering with scribes Nat Bernstein and Mitch Katlin to create a baseball-themed laffer at Fox (Daily Variety, July 7). Bochco also has a second project at Fox and one at ABC in the works.
Projects are the first to be set up through Touchstone under the new arrangement.
Most recently, Steven Bochco Prods. was set up at Paramount Network Television, where he began a five-year pact in January 2000.
New deal reps a homecoming of sorts for Bochco, who was closely aligned with Touchstone’s network sibling, ABC, for most of the late 1980s and early ’90s.
Bochco made headlines in 1987 when he signed an unprecedented 10-year, 10-series deal with ABC — which financed the deal by partnering with 20th Century Fox TV for distribution. That pact resulted in hits like “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” as well as the critically acclaimed “Murder One” and “Hooperman” and the infamous “Cop Rock.”
Between ABC/20th and Par, Bochco held a three-series deal at CBS.
Given the wide range of past Bochco series set up at ABC, including “Blue,” the producer and Pedowitz have worked closely together for years.
“Mark has been a constant friend and advocate for many years, and this agreement feels in many ways like an extension of that relationship,” Bochco said. “Dayna (Bochco, who serves as the shingle’s president) and I are deeply committed to making this a successful and long-term association.”
Bochco’s most recent credits include FX’s critical darling “Over There,” his first cable series. He also exec produced last season’s ABC skein “Blind Justice,” as well as the net’s “Philly.” Other entries include “City of Angels,” “Brooklyn South” and “Total Security.”
Bochco has 10 Emmys under his belt, including six for “Hill Street Blues” and three for “L.A. Law,” both of which he co-created and exec produced.