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A Look at Some of TV’s Most Successful PODs

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It’s every TV writer/producer’s dream to get a POD deal at a studio. To be paid handsomely and respected for the work that you create is something that everyone strives for.  A POD (production overall deal is basically a first look deal except anything that the producer develops while under this agreement must stay within the studio and cannot be taken elsewhere even if the studio passes. In return, the studio will pay an annual fee to the producer and cover all of his/her overhead costs. Both TV and film studios make overall deals with production companies and writers. In the TV world, these production companies are known as PODs which are responsible for some of today’s most successful series. This system allows for studios to pay for exclusivity to the content from talented creators. For example, if someone like Shonda Rhimes creates a hit like GREY’S ANATOMY for ABC Studios, they’d want to make sure that they have access to her next projects so that they can have more hit shows like SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. After the success of BREAKING BAD, Sony Pictures (the studio that financed the show) made sure that the creator Vince Gilligan wasn’t going to take his next projects elsewhere. So they signed an undisclosed 8 figure POD deal with him and his company High Bridge.  Here is a list of a few other notable PODs for each of the major TV studios.

20th Century Fox TV    
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Bays & Thomas Carter Bays Craig Thomas How I Met Your Mother
Liz Meriwether Liz Meriwether New Girl
Party Over Here Andy Samberg Brooklyn Nine Nine
Steve Levitan Steve Levitan Modern Family
Flying Glass Of Milk Matt Nix Burn Notice
Teakwood Lane Productions Howard Gordon 24, Homeland, Tyrant
Chernin Productions Peter Chernin Katherine Pope New Girl
Imagine Television Brian Grazer Ron Howard 24, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Empire
Lorde Miller Chris Miller Phil Lord Last Man On Earth, Lego Movie, 21 Jump St
Ryan Murphy TV Ryan Murphy Glee, American Horror Story, Nip Tuck
Sutter Ink Kurt Sutter Sons of Anarchy

 

ABC Studios    
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Coquette Courteney Cox David Arquette Cougar Town
Dark Toy Todd Holland Red Band Society, About a Boy, Shameless
Fake Empire Jason Schwartz Stephanie Savage Hart of Dixie, Carrie Diaries, Gossip Girl, Chuck, The OC
Michael Seitzman Michael Seitzman Intelligence, Code Black
Mark Gordon Co Mark Gordon Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Private Practice
Shondaland Shonda Rhimes Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy

 

CBS Studios    
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Robert Doherty Robert Doherty Elementary
When Pigs Fly Gary Galsberg NCIS
606 Films Halle Berry Extant
Fly The Coop Doug Ellin Entourage
K/O Paper Products Alex Kurtzman Roberto Orci Scorpion, Sleep Hollow, Hawaii Five O, Fringe
Original Film Neal Moritz The Big C, Prison Break, Fast and Furious
Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest  
Timberman/Beverly Carl Beverly Sarah Timberman Justified, Unforgettable, Elementary, Masters of Sex, The Odd Couple

 

Sony Pictures Televisions  
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Davis Entertainment John Davis The Blacklist
Farm Kid Darlene Hunt The Big C
Fedora Michael Wimmer Peter Tolan Rescue Me, Rake
Nemo Films Graham Yost Justified, Boomtown
Midd Kidd Shawn Ryan Marney Hochman The Shield, Chicago Code, Last Resort, Lie to Me, The Unit
Happy Madison Adam Sandler Doug Robinson The Goldbergs
High Bridge Vince Gilligan Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Battle Creek
Shore Z David Shore House MD, Battle Creek
Smokehouse George Clooney Grant Heslov  

 

Universal Television    
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Broadway Video Lorne Michaels Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman, Mulaney
Deedle-Dee Greg Daniels The Office, Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill
Etre Films Anne Heche Bad Judge
PaperKite Amy Poehler  
Little Stranger Tina Fey 30 Rock
Parkes MacDonald Walter F Parkes Laurie MacDonald The Slap, Warrior, Crossbones
UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Eva Longoria Devious Maids
Wolf Films Dick Wolf Law and Order, Chicago PD, Nightwatch
The Bedbug Letter Matt Olmstead Chicago Fire

 

Warner Bros TV    
Production Company Principal(s) Credits
Berlanti TV Greg Berlanti The Flash, Arrow, Mysteries of Laura, Brothers and Sisters
Bad Robot JJ Abrams Bryan Burk Person of Interest, Believe, Almost Human, Lost, Fringe
Chuck Lorre Chuck Lorre Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men
Doozer Bill Lawrence Jeff Ingold Cougar Town, Scrubs, Undateable
Jerry Bruckheimer TV Jerry Bruckheimer CSI Franchise,
My So-Called Company Julie Plec Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People

 

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