Paramount + effectively revolves around Alex Kurtzman given his constant dependence on Star Trekand it’s clear that CBS will do its best to keep the director and producer on board. CBS Studios has signed a deal under which Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout division will produce exclusive shows for Paramount + and other platforms until 2026. He will continue to lead Star Trek efforts for “the next six years,” CBS said.
CBS did not reveal how much it paid, although Term sources understood the agreement was in the “$ 150 million range.” Kurtzman had two years to work on the existing deal, but it cost much less – “only” $ 25 million.
Kurtzman has at least six Star Trek current shows, including existing productions Opening, Picard and Lower decks as well as upcoming efforts such as Strange new worlds, Prodigy and the currently unnamed spin-off from Section 31. He is also responsible for Showtime offerings such as the upcoming The Man Who Fell to Earth A television remake, and Secret Hideout is working on projects such as adapting a Stephen King short story.
Unsurprisingly, CBS would have paid a premium to Kurzman as a result. While he’s not the only one to create famous shows for Paramount +, the loss of him and Secret Hideout could lead to a huge gap in CBS’s streaming strategy. The risk, of course, is that CBS will continue to tie its fate with one person and one production company – Paramount + could be in a tough spot if there were ever any serious problems with Kurtzman’s show.
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