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Warner Bros Television signs first-look pact with Prady and Sanagustin’s Pine Tree

Warner Bros Television Group (WBTVG) has signed a first-look deal with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Chris Sanagustin’s Pine Tree Entertainment.

Bill Prady and Chris Sanagustin

The pact marks a homecoming for both Prady and Sanagustin, as Prady co-created, with Chuck Lorre, WBTV’s hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, which ran for 12 seasons and 279 episodes, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in television history.

Meanwhile, Sanagustin’s first Hollywood role was as a production assistant on a WBTV series.

Under the deal, Pine Tree Entertainment will develop new scripted programming – including dramas, multi- and single-camera comedies and genre series – for all platforms, including HBO Max, external streaming services, cable and the broadcast networks.

According to studio practice, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but WBTVG has confirmed that it is a multi-year agreement.

The deal also reunites Prady with WBTVG chairman Channing Dungey, who previously signed Prady to a first-look deal at Netflix during her tenure at the streaming service.

Prady and Sanagustin launched Pine Tree Entertainment in 2020 to develop and create scripted projects across a variety of genres, including drama, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy and adult animation.

Since its formation, and prior to the WBTVG deal, Pine Tree had set up multiple projects in development across platforms such as NBC, TBS, Apple TV+, Hulu and Netflix.

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