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Paramount TV strikes deal with 13 Reasons’ Yorkey

Scripted-logo-460_213-reasonsParamount’s TV division has agreed an overall deal with Brian Yorkey, the showrunner of buzzy Netflix original 13 Reasons Why.

Paramount TV makes the Netflix series, which has just secured a second season, which Yorkey exec produces and adapted for TV from the Jay Asher book.

The overall TV deal with Paramount will run for two years and give the Viacom-owned studio exclusive rights to develop, produce and distribute all television projects from Yorkey across broadcast, cable and digital.

From Next to Normal to 13 Reasons Why, Brian has the innate ability to create both heart-warming and heart-breaking moments that fully immerse the audience and leave an indelible impact,” said Amy Powell, president, Paramount Television and Digital.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled or more honoured to be making my television home at Paramount,” said Brian Yorkey. “I’m excited to continue our 13 Reasons Why journey together and find our future adventures as well.”

Yorkey received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for rock musical Next to Normal.