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Universal TV Extends First-Look Deal with Peter Horton

Universal Television has extended Peter Horton’s first-look deal for another two years, Variety has learned. Horton has been with the studio for the past four years.

With the renewal, Horton will continue to focus on writing, producing and directing. Under his current pact, he co-created NBC’s “American Odyssey,” on which he served as exec producer, writer and director. Prior, Horton was a longtime exec producer on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“We have enjoyed a long standing, fruitful relationship with Peter,” said Universal TV president Bela Bajaria. “He is a talented director, writer and a producer with smart instincts. We look forward to continuing our relationship and to many successful projects ahead.”

 

At Universal, Horton directed the pilots for dramas “Deception,” “Ironside” and “The Philanthropist,” and also exec produced on the three series. In total, he has directed ten pilots, eight of which have landed series orders including early ’90s shows Fox’s “Class of ’96” and ABC’s “Birdland,” plus ABC’s “Dirty, Sexy, Money” and “Grey’s.” This past cycle, he developed Paula Patton’s “Runner” for ABC, which was ordered to pilot.

Horton has been nominated for Emmys and DGA awards, and won a Golden Globe and PGA award for “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

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