‘Star Trek’ Franchise Boss Alex Kurtzman Signs New 5-Year Deal With CBS

After over a 12 months of negotiating, Star Trek franchise boss Alex Kurtzman has prolonged his general cope with CBS Studios, constructing on the prevailing 2018 pact and holding Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout on the studio by means of 2026.

Kurtzman has been working with the studio for greater than a decade. Kurtzman and the studio had initially inked a $25 million general deal extension again in 2018 that might have taken him by means of 2023. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nonetheless, Kurtzman requested to renegotiate his deal greater than a 12 months in the past after noticing that general offers have been getting extra well-liked.

Kurtzman oversees a complete of 5 Star Trek reveals in addition to different premium content material similar to Showtime’s The Comey Rule and the forthcoming The Man Who Fell to Earth, making him essentially the most beneficial deal for CBS Studios presently.

The new deal provides two years to the prevailing pact and cements an extra three years to maintain Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout on the studio by means of 2026. As a stipulation to the deal, Secret Hideout may even be increasing its workers to fulfill its rising slate of reveals and improvement.

Kurtzman first launched Star Trek: Discovery for CBS Studios in 2017, which was the primary new live-action present within the franchise in years and certain the most important CBS All Access streaming authentic title on the time. CBS later merged with Viacom to construct its content material portfolio and the platform is now known as Paramount+ with the Star Trek world as a central focus.

“Extending our valuable partnership with the brilliant Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout has been a top priority for CBS and Paramount+,” mentioned CBS CEO George Cheeks. “Alex’s vision and leadership of the Star Trek franchise and his ability to create artistic and commercial series across all platforms put him in a special class of creative talent. His substantial accomplishments at CBS and the spirit of collaboration we enjoy with his team are greatly valued and we are excited to build on his already impressive slate far into the future.”

Kurtzman govt produces all 5 Star Trek reveals, together with Discovery, the Patrick Stewart-led Picard, animated comedy Lower Decks, Nickelodeon’s kids-focused collection Prodigy in addition to the upcoming Strange New Worlds. Star Trek: Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh can be in improvement.

“Alex and Secret Hideout have been extraordinary partners who, through their prolific output of high-quality shows, have allowed our studio to grow exponentially,” mentioned CBS Studios president David Stapf. “Alex’s vision and breadth of interest is unmatched as he and his team have re-ignited the Star Trek franchise with five (and counting) brilliantly unique series, while at the same time creating long-running hit series for both the Network and premium spaces. As an artist, Alex does it all. Not only is he a visionary who creates worlds, he has that rare skill of being able to write, direct, produce and inspire those who work with him to be the best version of themselves. We are so grateful to be extending our relationship together.”

Kurtzman has discovered super companions at CBS Studios who’ve been instrumental within the improvement and creation of his content material.

“CBS Studios has been my home for over a decade because the incomparable David Stapf always finds a way to demonstrate his decency and creative passion, not just for the work we do, but for the many people who do it,” Kurtzman mentioned. “In David Nevins [who now oversees Paramount+ and Showtime], I’ve found a rare breed executive with auteur taste and the guts to take chances, who’s encouraged us to create premium streaming and cable that pushes boundaries. And over the last year, I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of being eyewitness to the steady leadership George Cheeks has brought to CBS. He’s guided Secret Hideout, and me personally, with thoughtful care and strategic brilliance, as the rules of our business grow and change daily. As Secret Hideout expands its footprint across ViacomCBS, I can imagine no greater partners, and I’m so excited to tell more stories together for years to come.”

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