Wrapping a very strong development season, Jennie Snyder Urman has re-upped her overall deal at CBS Television Studios for three more years. Urman, who previously created the CW drama Emily Owens, MD for the studio, sold three projects this season — two of which, drama Jane The Virgin at the CW, based on the popular telenovela, and comedy Sober Companion at Fox, were picked up to pilot. Both are considered high-profile contenders, with Sober Companion boasting a cast led by Nick Frost and Justin Long. “Jennie’s had a remarkable pilot season, selling a comedy as well as a very unique twist on the most popular genre in the world, the telenovela,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “There is truly nothing she can’t do. Jennie is one of the most versatile, inventive writers and showrunners working today and we feel very fortunate that CBS will continue to be her home for years and years to come.”
Urman began her career in half-hour comedy, spending three years on ABC’s Hope And Faith, before transitioning to hourlong fare. In addition to Emily Owens, her credits include Men In Trees and Gilmore Girls and romantic comedy feature Something Borrowed. This season, she has been a consulting producer on CBS Studio’s freshman CW drama Reign. “I love everything about CBS Studios, especially getting to work with both the drama and comedy teams,” Urman said. She is repped by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson.