Grey’s Anatomy co-showrunners/executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are heading to CBS Television Studios, inking their first development deal, explains the Hollywood Reporter.
The writing partners and real-life couple will develop projects for the studio, exiting Shonda Rhimes’ ABC hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy following its upcoming tenth season.
Under the two year pact with CBS Television Studios, the duo will develop their own original projects. The deal begins in the summer of 2014, after season ten of Grey’s has concluded.
Phelan and Rater currently serve as the co-showrunners/EPs on the ABC top rated drama, having worked their way up in the ranks during their eight-season tenure on the series. In addition, Phelan has directed multiple episodes of the series. The Hollywood Reporter explains that the two were tapped co-showrunners in 2011 and were under a previous deal with ABC Studios that kept them with the network’s Thursday staple, overseeing the writer’s room.
Along with Grey’s Anatomy, the pair were co-producers on NBC’s Law & Order: Trial by Jury. They are repped by UTA and Myman Greenspan.
Phelan and Rater are the latest among others to sign with CBSTV. Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci’s K/O Paper Products entered into a three-year development deal with the studio, and Raising Hope’s Greg Garcia signed a four-year pact under which the fall comedy The Millers was produced.