Two at Touchstone

'Alias' writers sign on for overall deal

“Alias” scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are going undercover at Touchstone Television, inking a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the studio.

Pact calls for the duo to remain as co-exec producers on “Alias” for the next two seasons. Appelbaum and Nemec will also develop programming for Touchstone, marking the first time the pair have worked on creating projects together.

Touchstone deal comes as the scribes continue to expand their feature careers.

They wrote a draft of Par’s planned “21 Jump Street” remake for Neil Moritz and have a blind feature script deal with Moritz’s Sony-based Original. A year ago, they teamed with Scott Rosenberg to write the remake of “Let’s Get Harry” for Original and Sony.

Morgan Wandell, senior VP of drama at Touchstone, said Appelbaum and Nemec have been a major asset to “Alias,” calling the duo “unbelievably inventive and creative.”

Scribes wrote the twist-packed fourth-season finale of “Alias” and said they were looking forward to making projects with a similar creative energy.

“There are some ideas we’ve had that have been bottled up inside waiting for an opportunity like this,” Appelbaum told Daily Variety. “Shows like ‘Twin Peaks’ were such a huge influence on us, and knowing that Touchstone isn’t only saying they want to do those kinds of shows but is actually doing them is what really appealed to us.”

Appelbaum and Nemec have known each other since elementary school in the Bronx. Appelbaum went to NYU, Nemec to USC. They reconnected after college and began working together professionally eight years ago, signing with Endeavor for representation.

Duo are heading into their third season on “Alias,” having previously worked as producers on McG’s “Fastlane” and Showtime’s “Going to California.”

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