July 15, 2006

Abrams inks deals with Par, WBTV

J.J. Abrams

By Nellie Andreeva
The Hollywood Reporter

After several months of active courtship by all major studios, J.J. Abrams has planted his flag at Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Television. The feature component of his new deal at Paramount is expected to kick in immediately, while the six-year television pact with WBTV will effectively begin in June 2007. The deal with Paramount Pictures is said to have closed first, followed in the wee hours of Friday by the TV pact with WBTV.

The deal with WBTV came as somewhat of a surprise as Touchstone TV, where Abrams was based since 1997, and Sony Pictures TV had been considered the frontrunners to sign the hot writer-director-producer, whose series credits include "Lost," "Alias," "Felicity" and "What About Brian," all produced by Touchstone TV.

On the feature side, he made his directorial debut with Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible 3."