Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci‘s production company K/O Paper Products have inked a three-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. The agreement to develop TV projects for the studio ends K/O’s partnership with its previous home base 20th Century Fox TV, where it has resided since 2010 in a pod deal. Among the current projects for Kurtzman and Orci is 20th TV’s Sleepy Hollow, which they wrote and Fox acquired — it will premiere in the fall with Len Wiseman directing the pilot and executive producing. (K/O’s first major projects, Locke & Key and Exit Strategy, also went to Fox and got to the pilot stage.) Kurtzman and Orci previously co-penned Fox’s Fringe with JJ Abrams, a series that ended its five-year run last season. The pair also co-wrote and developed CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot, which started their relationship with CBS. Also on the pair’s TV slate is The Hub’s animated series Transformers: Prime. That stems from the duo’s work on the Transformers film franchise; their other extensive film credits include the two Star Trek movies, Eagle Eye, Cowboys & Aliens and Mission: Impossible III, and they executive produced the romantic comedy The Proposal. They also co-wrote and produced People Like Us for Disney, marking Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut. Heather Kadin is K/O Paper Products President of Television and Aaron Baiers is Manager of Television Development.
“Alex and Bob are two of the most coveted writers/producers in features and television for an important reason,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, in a release. “They have a unique perspective on what it takes to develop a modern day blockbuster. On the television front, we have been fortunate to work with them closely on Hawaii Five-0, and know first-hand the creativity and energy they bring to a project, as well as their instinct for making something into a big event.” Said Kurtzman and Orci: “Our collaboration with CBS on Hawaii Five-0 has been one of the most fulfilling of our career. Everyone there brings their dedication and passion to work every day, which makes it a wonderful place for creativity to thrive. We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership for many more years to come.”
K/O Paper Products is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.
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