Ronald D. Moore Returns To Sony Pictures Television With Overall Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Ronald D. Moore is back at Sony Pictures Television, signing a multi-year overall deal with the independent studio. Under the pact, Moore, his Tall Ship Productions banner, and longtime collaborators Maril Davis and Ben McGinnis will develop and produce scripted series for cable and streaming platforms.

Moore left Sony in 2020 after a successful 10-year run that yielded two long-running, hit series, Outlander for Starz and For All Mankind for Apple TV+. Four years later, the dramas he developed/co-created are still going and both have become franchises, spawning upcoming spinoffs, Blood of My Blood and Star City, respectively. Moore serves as an executive producers on the mothership series and the offshoots.

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Under his previous Sony TV deals, Moore also executive produced two other projects that went to series, anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for Prime Video, which he also co-developed, and Helix for Syfy.

“This is a true homecoming, and I couldn’t be more excited to be reunited with Ron at Sony,” said Katherine Pope, President, Sony Pictures Television Studios. “Ron is an unbelievable storyteller. He knows how to connect with audiences through the characters and worlds he builds – characters and worlds that are brilliant, beautiful, rich, and authentic. The shows he has created alongside the incomparable Maril Davis remain relevant, watched, and admired by millions of fans worldwide, and we can’t wait to see which new places they will pull us into next.”

When he moved to 20th Television in 2020, Moore was attracted by the opportunity to work with the Disney cannon. He developed multiple projects, including a Swiss Family Robinson series reboot and The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, set in the Magic Kingdom Universe, for Disney+ as well as A Court Of Thorns And Roses adaptation for Hulu, neither of which has come to fruition.

“I’m incredibly happy to return home to Sony Pictures Television. Creating shows with the team there has been enormously gratifying, and I’ve always been impressed by their enthusiasm and commitment to making great shows,” Moore said. “I’ve known and admired Katherine since we first worked together at Universal, and I’m really excited for us to work together again to make great television.”

Before signing a deal at Sony TV in 2010, Moore was based at NBCUniversal’s TV studio where Pope was a programming executive and subsequently president. While there, Moore created the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. He served as executive producer and showrunner on the 2003 series, which received a Peabody Award and earned Moore a drama writing Emmy nomination and an Emmy win for the Battlestar Galactica webisodes.

The deal brings one of Sony TV’s most accomplished creators/showrunners of the past two decades back into the fold as another one, Shawn Ryan, is leaving for a pact with Netflix. The indie studio has been bulking up its talent roster over the past couple of months, signing overall/first-look deals with Gail Berman, Jessi Klein, Third Rail, Steve Lightfoot and Judalina Neira.

Sci-fi veteran Moore got his start on the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation where he wrote or co-wrote 27 episodes, including the two-hour series finale, for which he won a Hugo Award in 1994. That same year, he joined the writing staff of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Moore served briefly as executive consultant on the USA Network series Good vs. Evil before joining the staff of Roswell as executive producer, taking over as showrunner in its final season. He also served as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s Carnivàle before segueing to Battlestar Galactica.

Moore is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

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