Universal Cable Productions has closed a new two-year overall deal with Aaron Korsh, creator/executive producer of USA’s hit drama series Suits. Korsh, who had been under an overall deal at UCP since December 2012, will continue as showrunner on Suits and develop new projects for UCP. One of the projects Korsh developed under the previous UCP overall pact, period Hollywood drama Paradise Pictures, went to pilot at USA. Suits already has been renewed for a sixth season, which will begin production this year.
“Aaron has one of the most distinctive writing voices I’ve ever heard,” said Jeff Wachtel, President & Chief Content Officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “From the first episode, Suits was a winner. It’s great to have Aaron in our UCP family.”
A Wharton grad and former investment banker, Korsh began his career in television as a PA on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond before landing staff writer gigs the short-lived series The Deep End and Notes From the Underbelly. He started as co-executive producer on USA’s legal buddy drama Suits, quickly getting promoted to executive producer and showrunner.
“UCP and USA changed my career by taking a chance on me, and I couldn’t be happier to extend my relationship with the most collaborative Studio and Network I’ve ever been with,” Korsh said. “Plus, they gave me a new parking space. Which is nice.”
Suits‘ fifth season returns January 27 with six new episodes. The midseason finale ended with a shakeup when Harvey (Gabriel Macht) quit to save his firm while Mike (Patrick J. Adams) resigned and was arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud.
“I am tremendously excited about these next episodes as we are finally going to see Mike and Harvey face the consequences of the choice they made five years ago,” Korsh said. “Everyone will be affected — and when it’s over, none of our characters’ lives will ever be the same again.”
Korsh is repped by ICM Partners, Bungalow|Storied Media Group’s Dennis Kim attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
In 2015, Suits, a Top 20 basic cable drama across the key demos total viewers, averaged 1.54 million adults 18-49 (No. 15), 1.73 million adults 25-54 (No. 14) and 3.7 million total viewers (No. 13).