Michael Schur, creator of 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', renews deal at Universal Television
Two-time Emmy and Peabody Award winner Michael Schur has topped up his overall deal with Universal Television with a multi-year contract.
The announcement was made by George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment.
“There are very few people in this business who have been as instrumental to the success of both NBC and Universal Television as Mike Schur,” said Cheeks and Telegdy. “Mike is a comedy genius. His television resume is second to none and we couldn’t be more excited to see all of the projects he’ll be developing in the coming years ahead.”
“Mike Schur’s imprint on NBCUniversal can’t be overstated and, as of today, remains uninterrupted,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television. “I could not be more happy or proud.”
"I’m thrilled to be staying at NBC/Universal TV, my home since 1998,” said Schur. “First, because my creative partnership with Pearlena, George, Paul, Tracey Pakosta and Lisa Katz has provided me with all the support and freedom and guidance a writer and showrunner could ever ask for. And second, because there’s a ton of stuff in my office, just like boxes of papers and decorative candles and junk, and it would be super annoying to have to move it all.”
Schur is currently executive producer on two of NBC’s most popular comedies, “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming comedy “Abby’s,” which premieres Thursday, March 28.
Schur began as a writer on “Saturday Night Live” and spent seven seasons on the iconic late-night series, including three as producer of “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. He won his first Emmy at “SNL” in 2002 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
Soon after “SNL,” Schur was instrumental in launching NBC’s comedy “The Office” as a writer-producer and won his second Emmy when the series won in 2006 for Outstanding Comedy Series. Schur was nominated twice for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episodes “Christmas Party” and “The Negotiation.” Fans of “The Office” also know Schur in front of the camera as Mose Schrute, who was Dwight Schrute’s ghoulish, bearded, beet-farming cousin.
Following “The Office,” Schur co-created the beloved comedy series “Parks and Recreation” and was executive producer for the show’s seven-season run. “Parks and Recreation” was Emmy nominated twice for Best Comedy Series and Schur was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series in 2014 for the episode “Win, Lose or Draw.”
After “Parks and Recreation,” Schur co-created “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and executive produced the Netflix series “Master of None,” which stars Golden Globe Award winner Aziz Ansari and is produced by Universal Television. He most recently created and showruns “The Good Place,” now in production for its fourth season.