David Semel, who directed the pilot of and executive produces Madam Secretary, has closed an overall deal with the studio behind the freshman CBS drama, CBS Television Studios. Under the two-year pact, Semel will continue on the Tea Leoni-starring series, which has been renewed for a second season, while also producing and directing new projects for the studio.
Semel most recently directed Amazon’s pilot for The Man In The High Castle and is executive producing the Frank Spotnitz drama, which has been picked up to series.
Semel, repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson, is a sought-after drama pilot director who has helmed pilots for such series as American Dreams, Heroes, No Ordinary Family and Legends as well as two other CBS dramas: Person Of Interest and Intelligence.
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