Top comedy showrunner Chuck Lorre has signed with UTA. Lorre had been without formal agency representation since his longtime agent, Bob Broder, left ICM Partners in 2012 to run Lorre’s production company.
In renewing his blockbuster overall deal with Warner Bros. TV in 2012 for four more years, Lorre gave strong indications that he wanted to expand his footprint into other areas, including features, cable TV, digital media and theatre, something he has started to explore while also overseeing his broadcast series portfolio. UTA is expected to assist him in these efforts.
“We are thrilled to be working with Chuck, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose voice we look forward to expanding across all media,” said UTA managing director Jay Sures, who will lead a team of agents in representing Lorre.
Lorre has been the most successful comedy creator/producer of the past decade with four consecutive sitcoms that have gone the distance, The Big Bang Theory, which continues to be the biggest comedy series on television, Two And A Half Men, which just finished its 12-season run, Mike & Molly and Mom. The first three have been sold into syndication, where 2.5 Men and Big Bang have done exceptionally well, with Mom expected to join them. All four have earned Emmy awards for their stars, Jim Parsons (Big Bang), Jon Cryer (2.5 Men), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Allison Janney (Mom).
Before his current streak at WBTV and CBS, Lorre created and executive produced the hit sitcoms Dharma & Greg, Grace Under Fire and Cybill, and he also was a co-executive producer/writer on the long-running hit comedy Roseanne.