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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Showrunner Warren Leight Sets Overall Deal with Sony TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Sony Pictures Television has added another heavy-hitter showrunner to its roster with a overall deal set with “Law & Order: SVU” exec producer Warren Leight.

The hefty three-year pact calls for Leight to develop new projects exclusively for the studio. But the deal also allows Leight to continue as showrunner on “SVU” for the coming 2015-16 season.

Leight has been at the helm of “SVU” for Dick Wolf and Universal Television for the past four seasons. He’s steered the long-running show through the departure of original co-star Christopher Meloni and kept it vital anchor series for the Peacock. Sony TV execs spent a long time wooing the hyphenate, but for Leight the deal was contingent on allowing him to stick with “SVU” for at least one more season.

In addition to being an in-demand showrunner, the New York native is an accomplished playwright. He won the Tony Award in 1999 for his play “Side Man” about a jazz musician. His other notable legit works include “No Foreigners Beyond This Point,” “James and Annie,” “Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine” and Mayor, the Musical.”

In TV, Leight came up the ranks on Wolf’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” rising to showrunner in the NBC/USA Network series’ final seasons in 2006-2008. He later worked on HBO’s “In Treatment” and created the short-lived but much-acclaimed 2011 FX drama “Lights Out,” about a boxer suffering from dementia.

Leight is repped by WME.

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