EXCLUSIVE: Mr. Sunshine co-creators/ executive producers Alex Barnow and Marc Firek have signed a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, which produces the freshman ABC comedy series. The seven-figure pact is the duo’s third consecutive at the studio. The move comes before ABC has made a decision on the future of the midseason comedy starring Matthew Perry, meaning that Sony TV wants to keep Barnow and Firek in the fold regardless of whether Mr. Sunshine returns for a second season or not. (Of course, he studio’s hope is that it does.) With the show’s first season completed, Barnow is now helping with Sony TV’s untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot for CBS.
UTA-repped Barnow and Firek, who met at a backyard barbecue/political fundraiser 12 years ago, landed their fist job as a writing team in 1999 on Fox’s Family Guy. For their first 6 years, they worked on a different show every year until they got a gig on the Sony TV-produced comedy ‘Til Death. They spent 3 years on the sitcom starring Brad Garrett and, during their first season on the show, signed their first overall deal with the studio. They have been at Sony ever since. Barnow and Firek worked on the studio’s CBS comedy series Rules of Engagement before they co-created with Perry Mr. Sunshine. “We’re proud of the show and hope it comes back,” Barnow said. “There is so much good there, and if we can get it in a steady time slot where it gets traction, we can really succeed.”