Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers add four more years


WB / Warner Brothers PicturesThe iconic producer has signed a new four-year development and production deal with the studio that keeps The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly rolling, and includes cable and a film component.

Lorre will expand into dramatic series and potential longform projects — for both broadcast and cable — as well as film projects for the first time under Chuck Lorre Productions. All current and future TV works from Lorre will be produced in association with either WBTV or Warner Horizon TV, with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution handling global distribution, says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Chuck Lorre is the quintessential comedy writer-producer of our time, the most successful creator/showrunner of the last 25 years in this business,” WBTV president Peter Roth said. “We are so incredibly excited — and honored — to be continuing our partnership with him. Chuck has had a profound impact on Warner Bros. Television over the last 12 years, and we look forward to a long and successful future relationship.”

“I’m proud to say that at 12 years and counting, my relationship with Warner Bros. is now officially longer than either of my marriages,” Lorre said. “With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to extend our little corporate love affair and try for ‘until death do us part.’ I’m also excited to have an opportunity to venture into the world of drama. After writing and producing sitcoms for 20 years, it’ll be a welcome relief to take all the violence, insanity and human suffering from behind the cameras and put it out front. The feature component of this new deal allows me to fulfill a lifelong ambition — to have a project in turnaround.”

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