Code Black creator Michael Seitzman has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the freshman CBS drama, where he has been for the past eight years. Like Seitzman’s previous overall deals, the new one is for development only. The last two pacts have yielded two series, created/exec produced by Seitzman, Intelligence and Code Black, both on CBS.
“We’re proud to continue our relationship with Michael at ABC Studios,” said ABC Studios EVP Patrick Moran. “He created an incredible show for us in Code Black and he’s a big part of the exciting and innovative television that we’re known for.”
Code Black, along with all other freshman CBS series, was left on the bubble for renewal. While modestly rated, the medical drama, a co-production between ABC Studios and CBS Studios, has showed a rare ratings growth throughout its first season, and it has done well internationally, earning best drama series nominations at the Monte Carlo and Banff TV festivals.
“I couldn’t be happier to be spending another two years with ABC studios,” Seitzman said. “That building is full of partners, mentors and friends to me. The amount of support I receive from Ben Sherwood and Patrick Moran and everyone else at the studio is truly inspiring.”
On the feature side, the WME-repped Seitzman penned the 2005 film North Country. He also produced Incarnate for Blumhouse and Universal, starring Aaron Eckhart, which will be released in summer 2017.