‘A.P.B.’ Creator David Slack Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

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David Slack, creator of Fox’s upcoming police drama “A.P.B.,” has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the two-year agreement, Slack will serve as co-executive producer on CBS’ “MacGyver” reboot with an eye toward developing his own projects.

Slack, a veteran of “Person of Interest” — where he was co-executive producer and worked for most of the show’s run — and “Law & Order,” wrote the pilot for “A.P.B.,” inspired by the New York Times Magazine feature “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?” The drama follows an eccentric billionaire who purchases a city police precinct and introduces new high-tech crime-fighting measures. Slack executive produced the pilot with Len Wiseman of “Sleepy Hollow,” but departed the series in March over creative differences. Studio 20th Century Fox Television then brought in “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix to take over as showrunner and writer. Insiders told Variety at the time that the split was amicable and mutual.

“MacGyver” is a high priority for CBS, with the potential to do especially well with network’s core audience and internationally. A pilot for the reboot was picked up in October, but CBS discarded it when going to series — ordering a new version of the show with Peter Lenkov joining as executive producer and showrunner. “The Conjuring” filmmaker James Wan, also an executive producer on the show, signed on to direct the new premiere episode.

The original “MacGyver” aired on CBS from 1985 to 1992. The reboot stars Lucas Till with George Eads, Justin Hires and Sandrine Holt.

Slack is represented by UTA and and attorney Bruce Gelman.