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“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has extended his stay at Sony Pictures Television for another three years.
The renewal of Gilligan’s overall deal is a win for the studio at a time when A-list showrunners are being heavily courted by Netflix and other streaming services for exclusive production pacts. Gilligan, creator and showrunner of the renowned “Breaking Bad” and co-creator and exec producer of its prequel, “Better Call Saul,” is among TV’s most sought-after showrunners and creators.
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Gilligan and his High Bridge Prods. banner have been based at Sony Pictures TV for the past 11 years. It’s understood that Gilligan did not shop around for a new deal but opted to remain at his longtime studio home. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” which launches its fourth season Aug. 6, are both Sony TV productions, as is the limited series “Raven,” about the 1978 Jim Jones massacre in Guyana, that Gilligan is shepherding for HBO.
“Vince is a cornerstone of the success of Sony Pictures Television and could not be a more important member of the Sony family. He is a phenomenal talent and a true friend,” said Sony Pictures TV president Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter.
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Gilligan’s decision to stay with Sony Pictures TV is also notable because the studio has had significant transition in its management ranks during the past year. Tony Vinciquerra was named chairman-CEO of Sony...
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