"CSI" showrunners renew deals

Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:50am EDT
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two "CSI" franchise showrunners have renewed their deals, each signing long-term production agreements with CBS TV Studios.

"CSI" chief Carol Mendelsohn and her "CSI: Miami" counterpart Ann Donahue have re-upped for four more years.

Mendelsohn's contract includes running both "CSI" and the upcoming CBS legal drama "The Defenders," which will air on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. this fall.

A four-year contract is considered a longer-than-usual agreement for a showrunner deal, but "CSI" and its spinoff are considered staples of the network's lineup. This fall, "CSI" will continue to anchor the network's Thursday night, with star Laurence Fishburne recently renewing his agreement for another season. "Miami" will shift from its Monday perch to Sundays.

Moreover, "CSI" is sold in more than 200 territories and is considered the most popular drama series in the world, according to a Eurodata TV Worldwide survey.