John Wells Productions Sets Rich New Deal With Warner Bros. Television

Variety | 6/20/2019 | Cynthia Littleton
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John Wells Productions has renewed its ties to Warner Bros. Television with a rich five-year overall deal that will extend the prolific producer’s tenure at the studio to nearly 40 years.

The deal, which is said to reach into nine figures, runs through 2024 and calls for Wells’ company to develop a wide range of programs for various Warner Bros. TV imprints. Wells has been aligned with Warner Bros. since he started there as a story editor in 1986. At present JWP produces the Showtime drama “Shameless” and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.” It has several development prospects set up at Showtime, Apple and WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming service.

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Wells’ longevity at Warner Bros. is rare in the contemporary environment, especially with the level of moving and shaking in the television industry during the past few years. Wells, who delivered a once-in-a-generation hit to the studio as the showrunner of “ER” and the enduring prestige player in “The West Wing,” made a point of meeting with other suitors and considering nontraditional alternatives to a studio overall pact. But in the end Warner Bros. TV’s focus on selling shows widely across the vast expanse of networks and platforms sealed the deal.

“We did have a lot of opportunities to talk to wonderful people,” Wells told Variety. “Warners is remaining committed to selling to all of the services — that was the huge thing for me. The independence we’ve had and the feeling that you know you can take your projects anywhere — that was the big selling point.”

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Warner Bros. like its rivals is gearing up for the launch of direct to consumer streaming services from its parent company, WarnerMedia. Wells said he’s convinced that the studio views WarnerMedia as another avenue for distributing shows, but it has no intention of abandoning its effort to sell to outside...
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