Carlton Cuse Enters First-Look Development Deal With A+E Studios

“Bates Motel” EP will develop drama programming for A+E’s portfolio of networks

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 16: Showrunner Carlton Cuse arrives at the Hollywood Radio And Television Society (HRTS) Annual Hitmakers Panel at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Carlton Cuse and A+E Studios are deepening their business relationship.

Cuse, who executive produces A&E’s “Bates Motel” and the upcoming series “The Returned,” has entered a three-year first-look development deal with A+E Studios, the company said Friday.

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The deal — A+E’s first overall production deal with a creator/writer-producer — will find Cuse working closely with A+E Studios executive vice president Barry Jossen and Jossen’s team to develop original drama programming for A+E networks, including A&E, Lifetime and History.

“I’m very excited to be extending my relationship with A+E where I’ve had such a wonderful and supportive creative experience,” Cuse said of the pact. “I look forward to continuing to work on ‘The Returned’ and to developing other projects with Bob DeBitetto, Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson and the amazing team at A+E. It’s a great place to work.”

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In addition to his work on the A&E series, Cuse’s current projects include FX’s “The Strain,” the Amazon pilot “Point of Honor,” which he co-wrote with Randall Wallace, and the USA Network project “Colony.”

“Carlton is a consummate showman and one of the greatest creative minds working in television today,” Jossen added. “Since the start of A+E Studios, it has been our intention to expand our collaboration with Carlton. We know he is one of the few producers with the unique combination of creativity and skills to personally create, as well as nurture other writers. Now, we can continue on our path with Carlton toward producing many successful and brand-defining series together.”