Omnipresent radio and TV personality and producer Ryan Seacrest and his eponymous shingle have partnered with CBS Television Studios on a two-year overall deal that will focus on developing scripted content.
Under the pact, Ryan Seacrest Productions’ scripted division — headed by exec VP of scripted programming Nina Wass — will develop projects for broadcast and cable television, as well as major video streaming services and other emerging distributors. Outside of the exclusive agreement with CBS Television Studios for scripted programming, RSP remains an independent company. RSP’s unscripted television and digital programming divisions will continue to work across all network, cable and digital studios and networks.
“Under Nina Wass’ leadership, our scripted team has made great strides in the last two years,” Seacrest said. “CBS Television Studios and (president) David Stapf have a tremendous track record in developing ground-breaking material, and we hope our partnership will further their success. It’s truly a privilege for us to now call the studio home for our scripted division.”
Wass added, “There are so many talented people at CBS Television Studios. It’s a great honor to receive their confidence and support, and I can’t wait to get started on creating a new series together.”
“Ryan is someone who has proven he can do it all — both on-air and as a producer — and on every imaginable platform,” Stapf said . “He and Nina have outstanding eyes for talent and tremendous instincts for audience tastes in today’s diverse and expanding television universe. We’ve wanted to be in business with them for some time, and we’re excited to get started.”
Although predominately known for reality content like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” RSP’s scripted division is working with Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions and H’s Films to produce “Shades of Blue,” NBC’s straight-to-series drama starring Jennifer Lopez. RSP’s scripted projects already in development will continue with their other partners, including a drama with Pitbull attached, an ABC comedy by Halsted Sullivan, and an ABC comedy based on the best-selling book “The Gaggle.”