Jason Katims is departing his longtime home at Universal TV for a new multi-year overall deal at Apple.Katims and his True Jack Productions banner will remain at Universal TV until this summer when his current deal expires before making the move to Apple.He has previously created shows like "Parenthood," "Roswell," "About a Boy," and "Rise." His writing and producing credits also include hit shows like "Friday Night Lights," "Boston Public," and "The Path." Katims is also attached to write the Netflix...
Has there been a more realistic and beloved modern husband-and-wife on TV than Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and wife Tami (Connie Britton) of “Friday Night Lights”? That series exemplifies Katims’ style: Realistic, character-driven storytelling that explores relationships among adults and adolescents with a humanity that’s too often lacking in filmed entertainment.
In 2011, Katims credited his time on “My So-Called Life” as a major influence on his work moving forward. In “Relativity,” “Roswell,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” Katims wrote for young characters, bringing forth their inner lives in ways both recognizable and believable.
“I think there’s something about writing about that period in somebody’s life that is really compelling to me,” he told Variety in 2014. “It’s a time when we’re really formed. It’s a time where you’re both a child and an adult at the same time.”
Katims also has a reputation as a master adapter given that four of his series, including the NBC comedy “About a Boy,” are based on existing media properties.
In 2016, Katims shepherded CBS’s medical drama “Pure Genius” and made his first move into streaming series with “The Path” for Hulu, which returned for a second season in 2017. Up next is “Rise,” a high school set drama starring Josh Radnor, slated for a 2018 debut on NBC.