Former David E. Kelley Prods. topper Jeffrey Kramer is jumping back into TV, inking a multiyear overall deal with CBS Paramount Network Television.
Kramer will develop programming for all networks — as well as digital platforms — via his Juniper Place Prods. shingle. Company will be based on CBS Par’s Radford lot in Studio City, Calif.
Producer spent five years as prexy of Kelley’s 20th Century Fox TV-based company, ankling in 1999. He previously had been a development exec at 20th, working on shows including “The X-Files.”
During his run at Kelley Prods., Kramer was a co-exec producer of skeins including “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice,” winning both Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
CBS Par Network TV prexy David Stapf said Kramer’s association with so many successful skeins “brings to the division a breadth of experience and talent.”
After leaving Kelley, Kramer plunged into the early dot-com waters to run the crossplatform division of online studio Honkworm Intl.
“We were five years too early,” he said.
Now, with multiplatform programming once again in vogue, Kramer plans to devote some of his energies to producing for new media at CBS Par. He said he’s already met with Ghen Maynard, who runs entertainment programming for the CBS Paramount Network TV Group’s new-media division.
Creating comedies and dramas for TV will be Kramer’s first priority, however.
“I’m anxious to get back into it,” he said. “I try to look at TV and see what isn’t there and how do we make it interesting.”
Kramer’s most recent gigs include serving as prexy of Lexington Entertainment Group, where he produced “Sweet Smell of Success” on Broadway and “The Godfaddah Workout” Off Broadway.
Producer began his showbiz career as a thesp, appearing in pics such as “Jaws” and “Clue.”