“The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” executive producer Julie Plec has signed a new multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Under the agreement, Plec will continue to develop new original programming for the studio via her My So-Called Company production shingle. Plec has been based at Warner Bros. since 2009, when she co-developed supernatural drama “The Vampire Diaries.” The series, on which Plec was showrunner, ran for eight seasons on the CW.
Plec will continue to serve as showrunner on the upcoming fifth and final season of the CW’s “The Originals,” a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff that Plec developed. While at Warner Bros., Plec also developed and exec produced “Containment” and “The Tomorrow People,” both for CW.
Plec is also set to direct an upcoming episode of the CW’s Warner Bros.-produced teen drama “Riverdale” this season.
Although terms of Plec’s new Warner Bros. agreement were not disclosed, the deal is believed to be lucrative. The agreement comes at a time when traditional television studios have been moving aggressively to lock up key creators in the face of increased competition for talent from digital services. In August, Netflix lured “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes away from her longtime home at ABC Studios with an agreement to develop new shows exclusively for the streaming service. Amazon that same month signed “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, previously at AMC, to an overall deal.
Plec is represented by WME and Eric Suddleson at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP.