Greg Berlanti Signs Ryan Murphy-Esque Mega-Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Prolific showrunner currently has record 14 live-action scripted series in production

Last Updated: June 7, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Greg Berlanti has signed a new, multi-year exclusive production deal with Warner Bros. TV Group that will keep him at the studio through 2024.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the studio, but a person familiar with Berlanti’s deal told TheWrap that it is financially competitive with the reported $300 million pact between Ryan Murphy and Netflix. Berlanti’s deal is still smaller than Chuck Lorre’s WB deal.

Under the agreement, Berlanti will continue as executive producer his many shows TV, which include “All American,” “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,”” Riverdale” and “Supergirl” for The CW; “Blindspot” for NBC; “God Friended Me” and “The Red Line” for CBS; “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” for Netflix; “Doom Patrol” and “Titans” for the DC Universe digital service; and “You” for Lifetime. Berlanti Productions also produces the animated digital series “Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Constantine: City of Demons” for CW Seed.

The 14 live-action scripted series that Berlanti Productions currently has in production is a record for most series produced by a single showrunner at a given time.

“We could not be more excited to extend our partnership with Greg Berlanti, a true giant in the television industry. Greg has been integral to our success since his return in 2011, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with him and the entire Berlanti Productions team,” said Warner Bros. Television Group president and chief content officer Peter Roth.

Berlanti has been with Warner Bros. TV Group since 2011, following a prior stint from 2002-06. Berlanti will also continue to develop original programming for all platforms, including the broadcast networks, premium and basic cable channels, and on-demand/streaming services.

Berlanti Productions series will be produced in association with Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television or the Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute shows globally.

“A lot has changed about TV since I started working in it 20 years ago, but what hasn’t changed is how blessed I feel to come to work every day, where I work with the most talented, hardest-working company, executives, showrunners, actors, writers, directors, casts and crews in the business,” added Berlanti in a statement. “I’m eternally grateful to all of them and to the audiences that have watched our shows. And finally, I’m thankful for the love, guidance and support I get from my husband, my family and my friends, which make moments like this one possible and all the moments in between the real reward.”

Tony Maglio contributed to this report