‘SVU’ Executive Producer Neal Baer Leaving for CBS TV Deal

Departing show after 11 seasons

"Law & Order: SVU" executive producer Neal Baer is leaving the show after 11 seasons for a three-year develoment and production deal at CBS Television Studios, Daily Variety reports.

Baer will leave after this season, and his CBS TV Studios deal takes effect June 1.

CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf were Warner Bros. TV execs when Baer, a licensed physician, was a writer-producer on the first season of NBC's "ER."

"After more than a decade on 'SVU,' I felt it was time to take a breath and say, 'What's next?' And those people who were there for me at the very beginning said, 'We're next,'" Baer told Daily Variety.

"Law and Order" chief Dick Wolf said Baer had done a "superb job" on "SVU."

"Under his aegis, the show has become one of the most important venues for the exploration of a host of psychological and sexual issues," Wolf said.