Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are relaunching the Tannenbaum Co, which will be based at CBS TV Studios with a 3-year overall deal. It marks one of the biggest moves in comedy for CBS Studios whose slate is dominated by drama series. For the past 3.5 years, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum were partnered with Mitch Hurwitz at Tantamount, a production company that was based at Sony TV. But with their deal up and Sony opting not to renew most of its pod deals as it shifts focus to writer pacts, the Tannenbaums and Hurwitz parted ways. I hear the decision was financial as the combination of Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Hurwitz made Tantamount’s pricetag very high and hard to meet in today’s marketplace.
The three will continue to work together on Tantamount’s outstanding projects, new Fox series Running Wilde and ABC comedy pilot Wright vs Wrong, which will likely be reshot for midseason consideration. There is also chatter that the company’s comedy pilot Team Spitz may not be completely dead at CBS.
CBS Studios has now picked up two of the 3 pods that lost their deals at Sony during the restructuring. The studio also signed Timberman/Beverly Prods. It had been interested in the Tannenbaums, Sarah Timberman, and Carl Beverly for a while and stepped in when they became available.
Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, repped by CAA, already have strong ties with CBS Studios and CBS. Most of their CBS pilots through Sony, including Team Spitz, were co-produced by CBS Studios. And the duo also exec produces the hit CBS comedy series Two And A Half Men through their previous deal with Warner Bros.
Tantamount produced a number of pilots at Sony as well as two series, Fox’s Brothers and Sit Down, Shut Up.