With Once Upon A Time wrapping its seven- season run on ABC, executive producer/director Steve Pearlman has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the fairy tale drama. Under the pact, Pearlman will executive produce and direct drama series for the studio, in addition to developing new projects for television and digital platforms.

Pearlman has served as executive producer/director on departing Once Upon A Time for its entire seven-season run. In that role, he oversaw production and all creative aspects of the drama shot on location in Vancouver, BC. He also directed multiple episodes, 2nd units and aerial shoots, in addition to overseeing post-production and the show’s visual effects.

In addition to his work on Once, Pearlman executive produced the ABC Studios/ABC Signature series Dead of Summer for Freeform and Once spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for ABC, both from Once creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

Pearlman segued to producing after a successful career as a senior studio executive at Warner Bros Television. He was EVP Creative Affairs at the studio before leaving to form his Warner Bros-based production company Class IV. Pearlman went on to executive produce four series and two addition pilots for the studio. The series included Fox’s Reunion and the WB’s Related — via Class IV — as well as CBS’ Dr. Vegas and ABC’s V. 

Pearlman is repped by attorney  Jeffrey S. Finkelstein of Del Shaw Moonves.