Alan Taylor (“The Sopranos”) has signed an overall deal with CBS Paramount Network TV.
Under terms of the exclusive one-year deal, Taylor will develop projects for the studio, as well as direct and executive produce pilots and series. Director is already onboard to helm the Eye procedural script “Utopia,” from Lynda Obst, Marc Rosen and scribe Eric Heisserer.
Taylor most recently directed the pilot to AMC’s critically acclaimed “Mad Men.”
Last month, Taylor won the drama series directing Emmy for “The Sopranos” episode “Kennedy and Heidi.” His credits also include other HBO series including “Big Love,” “Rome,” “Carnivale,” “Deadwood,” “Six Feet Under,” “Oz” and “Sex and the City.”
Taylor is part of a growing number of helmers who are getting into the development game, signing overall deals and taking a more active role in the series process.
“Coming off ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Mad Men,’ I was starting to feel like I was being spoiled creatively,” Taylor said. “I wanted to move forward as a director in TV and get more involved in the process. After having those two great experiences, doing regular episodic TV wouldn’t be quite the thrill.”
Beyond “Utopia,” Taylor said he’s also working on his own idea to potentially develop.
Taylor met with several nets, but said he “clicked” with the Eye team.
“I was looking to do things off the beaten track, and CBS is doing some pretty challenging stuff this season,” he said. “They’re taking risks with shows like ‘Swingtown.’ And they were open to new things.”