Bill Prady, co-creator of the long-running CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” alongside Chuck Lorre, has signed a first-look television deal with Netflix.
As part of the deal, the writer and producer will develop, write and produce scripted television series across genres including drama, fantasy, sci-fi and comedy for Netflix.
“The opportunity to partner with Netflix is about more than just the support and creative freedom they have enthusiastically offered. Their approach to television and respect for the viewer allow for the kind of in-depth storytelling I have long been a fan of. We are excited to not only develop and produce our own projects, but also to find and champion new voices with new visions,” said Prady.
“Bill Prady is a renowned storyteller, and with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ he created characters who have defined a generation and will transcend the test of time. We’re excited to tap into his treasure trove of ideas and bring his next slate of projects to life,” said Channing Dungey, vice president of original content at Netflix.
Prady’s first job in entertainment was in 1983 at Jim Henson Productions, which was then called Henson Associates, Inc. There he wrote projects including “Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson,” a posthumous tribute to Henson which earned Prady one of his five Emmy nominations.
He later wrote for a number of comedy and drama series, and produced an episode of “Married… With Children” in 1991. His first staff writing job was on HBO’s “Dream On” in 1995. He later began writing for “Dharma & Greg” in 1997 and eventually rose to showrunner in 2001. He served as an executive producer of “The Big Bang Theory” until its finale in May 2019. He is still a consulting producer on its spinoff “Young Sheldon,” currently airing on CBS.