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Abrams Bolts to Warner Bros.

Jul 17, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“Lost” executive producer and co-creator J.J. Abrams is not renewing his development deal with Touchstone Television and is instead moving his production company, Bad Robot, to Warner Bros. Television.

Touchstone TV made an effort to keep Mr. Abrams, but the six-year deal with Warner Bros. was a more financially attractive offer, a source said.

“J.J. is a unique and extraordinary talent that I have admired from a distance for many years,” Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television, said in a release. “Fortunately, with time and patience, we were able to entice him over to Warner Bros. Television.”

Besides producing “Lost” for Touchstone’s sister network ABC, Mr. Abrams is the brain behind the relationship drama “What About Brian,” which is returning for a second season in the fall. A new ABC drama, “Six Degrees,” is scheduled to air on Thursdays for the 2006-07 season. “Lost,” “Brian” and “Degrees” will remain Touchstone TV series. Mr. Abrams will also render executive producer services for the runs of all three dramas.

“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with J.J. Abrams,” Mark Pedowitz, president of Touchstone Television, said in a statement. “He is a talented creative force and we’re thrilled he’ll continue his role as executive producer on `Lost,’ `What About Brian’ and `Six Degrees.”‘

Mr. Abrams created the recently canceled ABC secret agent series “Alias” and the WB college drama “Felicity,” which ran from 1998 to 2002. This summer he made his feature film directorial debut with Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible III.” Mr. Abrams is also in development on the 11th “Star Trek” feature for Paramount.

In June former ABC drama executive Thom Sherman left his job as president of Bad Robot to run the drama development department at debuting network The CW. No replacement for Mr. Sherman has been named.