EXCLUSIVE: After eight years at NBCUniversal, House creator/executive producer David Shore is moving to Sony Pictures TV with a three-year overall deal to develop new projects. Under the eight-figure deal, Shore will build up his banner Shore Z Prods. into a full-fledged production company. He is expected to hire a development executive, and along with his own projects, will also develop shows with other writers.
Shore, a former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto, originally planned to pursue a career as a comedy writer but his legal background helped him break into the drama field with an L.A. Law spec script, which landed him his first writing job on Paul Haggis’ Due South. In 1996, David E. Kelley picked Shore as one of the three original writers on The Practice. After stints on several drama series, including Law & Order and Family Law, Shore wrote the pilot script for House in only his second stab at development (The first was a project at HBO a decade ago.). Shore originally developed House at Universal Television, which was consolidated with NBC Studios as part of the NBC-Universal merger just as his pilot was getting picked up to series by Fox in May 2004. After a slow start, House grew into one of Fox’s biggest drama hits ever and one of the most popular series in the world. It ended its eight-season run last month, with Shore at the helm from the pilot to the finale, which he wrote and directed. In addition to his TV career, Shore, repped by ICM, the Shuman Co. and attorney Bill Sobel, has been active with the WGA where he is on the board of directors for WGA West.