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Zuiker to solve ‘Cyber Crimes’

'CSI' creator gets script plus penalty deal from CBS

Ten years after tapping the burgeoning field of criminal forensics to create “CSI,” Anthony Zuiker has set his sights on the world of cyber crime.

The aptly named “Cyber Crimes” has been given a script plus penalty commitment by CBS. Project reps the first project to come from Zuiker’s recently launched Dare to Pass shingle.

Hourlong procedural drama centers on a newly formed government agency that fights the modern onslaught of Internet- and technology-driven offenses.

Zuiker created the project and will exec produce. Zuiker’s script goes one step beyond the government, which doesn’t yet have an umbrella division devoted to cyber crimes.

It was Zuiker’s recent interest in tech issues that led to the creation of “Cyber Crimes.” The scribe has spent time in Washington meeting with the CIA, FBI and Department of Defense as part of the show’s research.

Concerns over cyber crimes have grown in recent years, particularly when it comes to cyber terrorism.

Dare to Pass prexy Matthew Weinberg is also on board, with more executive producers to be named shortly.

CBS TV Studios, where Zuiker signed a two-year, first-look deal this summer, is attached. Zuiker most recently served as showrunner on “CSI: NY.”

Separate from his TV projects, Zuiker is working on his second “digi-novel” — books that are supplemented by short films written, produced and directed by Zuiker and posted on the Internet.

His first entry, “Level 26: Dark Origins,” was released in September; the sequel is on tap to hit stores next October.

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