Jason Katims is leaving his longtime home at Universal TV for a new overall deal with Apple.
The “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” creator will move his company, True Jack Productions, over to Apple this summer after the conclusion of his current deal with Universal. Katims will remain actively involved in the projects he currently has set up through the studio, including the previously announced “Away,” which has a 1o-episode order at Netflix, and “Sisters,” which is in development at Fox.
The move to Apple reunites Katims with his former head of development, Michelle Lee, who is part of Apple’s creative development team, which is led by Matt Cherniss.
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Katims, who during his time with Universal TV created some of broadcast TV’s most critically-beloved series including “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights,” is the latest major acquisition for Apple and continues the trend of tech giants raiding talent from traditional TV. Katims most recently created and served as showrunner on the NBC drama “Rise,” along with executive producing “The Path,” which aired its third and final season on Hulu last year.
Apple also has signed deals with Oprah Winfrey and “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin in recent months. Katims joins former “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” collaborator Kerry Ehrin at Apple, who is showrunning the untitled morning show drama from Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Katims is represented by CAA and attorney Ira Schreck.
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Netflix just picked up an out-of-this-world project from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims, playwright Andrew Hinderaker, and “Felicity” creator Matt Reeves.
The streaming service has placed a 10-episode, series order for the trio’s space drama “Away,” loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, a person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.
According to the logline, the show is an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival set against humanity’s greatest endeavor — the first human mission to Mars. The plot centers around Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind in order to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, year-long mission.
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“Away” is a series about hope, humanity and how ultimately, we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.
Katims executive produces and penned the script with co-executive producer Hinderaker. Reeves and Adam Kassan executive produce along with and Michelle Lee, who has a credit on the pilot alone. Jeni Mulein co-executive produced episodes 102-110.
An individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap negotiations are currently underway to bring in a showrunner.
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“Away” hails from Universal Television, True Jack Productions, and 6th & Idaho.
Netflix has given a formal 10-episode series order to Away, a drama series from playwright Andrew Hinderaker, Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Felicity).
Co-written by Hinderaker and Katims…