‘CSI’ Creator Anthony Zuiker Dumps CBS for ABC Studios

New deal will involve developing scripted series with Brillstein Entertainment

Perhaps an upcoming episode of "CSI" can tackle the Case of the Disappearing Creator.

"CSI" franchise mastermind Anthony Zuiker has abandoned his 12-year working relationship with CBS Television Studios in favor of a three-year, first-look deal with ABC Studios, an individual with knowledge of the deal confirms to TheWrap.

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Under the new deal, Zuiker and his Dare to Pass production company will develop scripted series with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Zuiker and new Brillstein Television president JoAnn Alfano will share executive-producer credit for joint projects between Zuiker and Brillstein. Under the new deal, Zuiker will work with ABC Studios' creative head Patrick Moran.

Zuiker's "CSI" franchise has been highly lucrative, generating more than $6 billion in revenue between "CSI" and its two spinoffs, "CSI: NY" and "CSI: Miami."