‘The Family’ Creator Jenna Bans Sets Deal With Universal TV

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Scribe Jenna Bans, who most recently created the ABC drama “The Family,” has set an overall deal with Universal Television.

“Jenna Bans was one of the most sought-after writer-producers this development season because of her proven talent,” said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “We are thrilled that she chose to set up shop at Universal TV and look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Jenna.”

Bans moves to Universal after more than a decade at ABC Studios. She worked on such Alphabet dramas as “Desperate Housewives,” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last season, Bans fielded the moody thriller starring Joan Allen as the matriarch of a family that is unsettled when the son they thought was dead resurfaces after 10 years.

Bans will surely find at least one familiar face when she relocates to Universal City. Her husband, Justin Spitzer, is the creator and showrunner of the NBC comedy “Superstore” and also has an overall deal with the studio.

Bans is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn.