James Patterson and CBS have decided to enter into a long-term relationship.
Hot on the heels of CBS ordering the drama series “Zoo” based on Patterson’s novel, the author’s James Patterson Entertainment company has signed a multi-year first look deal with CBS Television Studios.
The deal will allow CBS Television Studios to leverage Patterson’s library, which includes 130 novels that have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.
Under the agreement, Cathy Konrad‘s Treeline Films will have access to Patterson’s work via Treeline’s overall deal with CBS Television Studios. James Patterson Entertainment will partner with Treeline Films and other producers to develop his books into series.
“Zoo,” which is slated to premiere in 2015, will be executive produced by James Patterson Entertainment’s Patterson and Bill Robinson, along with Konrad and James Mangold of Treeline. Writers Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg will also executive produce, along with James Patterson Entertainment’s Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
Patterson is represented by CAA and attorney Peter Grossman. Treeline is represented by WME and attorney Jason Sloane.