The Blacklist executive producer-director Michael Watkins has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV, the studio behind the NBC drama, which premieres its third season October 1. The pact includes a development component, on which Watkins is teaming with his producing partner Brian Gersh, former head of WME’s Motion Picture Talent Department. The pair will focus on developing half-hour and hourlong series for network and cable, along with limited event series and docuseries.

Blacklist_edited-1“For Brian and me, it’s all about writers,” said Watkins. “We want to support creative thinkers that are passionate and willing to take chances, and we’re excited to be doing this in conjunction with the talented people at Sony and NBC/Universal, where I’ve enjoyed the experience of working on The Blacklist for the past two years.”

In addition to The Blacklist, APA-repped Watkins served as producer on Prison Break, Las Vegas, Smallville, The X-Files and NYPD Blue, among others, and directed the pilots for Las Vegas and The Rockford Files reboot for NBC. During his tenure at WME, Gersh worked with such clients as Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Jackie Chan, Anna Paquin, Julian Schnabel and Stacy Peralta.