Ryan Seacrest Prods’ scripted division has closed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. This marks the first formal overall deal agreement for RSP’s scripted arm, headed by Nina Wass, EVP, Scripted Programming. Under the pact, the company will develop projects for broadcast and cable television, as well as video streaming services and other emerging distributors. “Ryan is someone who has proven he can do it all – both on-air and as a producer – and on every imaginable platform,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, who noted that he had been looking to get in business with the host/producer for a while. “He and Nina have outstanding eyes for talent and tremendous instincts for audience tastes in today’s diverse and expanding television universe.”
Outside of the exclusive agreement with CBS TV Studios for scripted programming, RSP, which produces such reality series as the Keeping Up with the Karsashians franchise, will remain an independent company, with its unscripted television and digital programming divisions continuing to work across all network, cable and digital studios and networks. RSP’s scripted division is producing NBC’s upcoming straight-to-series drama starring Jennifer Lopez, Shades of Blue, along with Universal TV, Nuyorican Prods. and H’s Films. RSP’s scripted projects already in development will continue with their existing partners, including a drama with Pitbull attached, a comedy by Halsted Sullivan (ABC), and a comedy based on the best-selling book The Gaggle (ABC). RSP made real inroads into scripted programming with the 2012 hire of veteran executive and producer Wass. The company’s first scripted series was ABC/ABC Studios’ recent midseason comedy Mixology.