‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Signs Multi-Year Deal With Sony TV

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Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston on the set of Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Creator Signs Multi Year Deal With Sony TV

After five years, ten Primetime Emmy Awards and near-universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Vince Gilligan’s crime drama series Breaking Bad came to a natural close with 10.3 million viewers tuning in for the series finale this fall. The show had the luxury of ending exactly when Gilligan wanted to, without either being cut short before its time or outstaying its welcome and eventually disappearing after a ratings drop. If it wasn’t such a terrible pun, you could say that Breaking Bad ended on a high note.

Leads Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have already seen their careers flourish; Cranston can be seen playing a major role in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming monster movie Godzilla, and Paul has taken the lead in video game adaptation Need for Speed (which turned a lot of heads after getting an insanely serious first trailer) and will also star in Ridley Scott’s religious epic Exodus.

It’s not only the stars who are in demand, though. After creating such a hugely successful show, Gilligan was inevitably going to be highly sought-after and Sony hasn’t wasted any time in ensuring he stays with the company. Variety reports that Gilligan has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures TV through which he will continue to create content for the studio. Sony Pictures TV’s president of programming and production Jamie Erlicht, has said that the deal was a no-brainer:

“Vince is an incredible writer and partner, and he shares our vision for the business and for the kinds of projects we’re passionate about. There wasn’t a world where we weren’t making this deal.”

Walter White and Saul Goodman Breaking Bad Creator Signs Multi Year Deal With Sony TV

Gilligan already has two new projects being produced by Sony: Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, for AMC, and police drama Battle Creek for CBS. Prior to Breaking Bad he was best known as a writer and executive producer on The X-Files, and also for co-writing Will Smith superhero movie Hancock.

This “multi-year deal” is a little frustratingly vague, we only know for sure that Gilligan is signed on with Sony for a minimum of two more years, but provided he’s allowed to continue to push boundaries and maintain creative control over his projects this could be a long-running and highly beneficial symbiotic relationship for both Gilligan and Sony.

It seems very likely that Gilligan will continue to produce other new shows for Sony through this agreement, but hopefully his attentions won’t become too divided between different projects. Currently he is set to work as both a writer and producer on Better Call Saul and Battle Creek, and adding a third or fourth show into the mix might dissipate the Gilligan effect. We definitely don’t want that.


Battle Creek is set to air on CBS in the 2014-2015, and Better Call Saul is currently being targetted for a fall 2014 debut. We’ll bring you more updates on these projects in the future.

Source: Variety

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  1. Poor Vince. No matter what he does next it will be compared with THAT show. Even if he titled the show ‘This Is Not Breaking Bad’ people and critics alike would still drown it under the weight of expectancy and comparative.

    From the recent soundbites, he knows this as well. For me though, ‘Heisenberg’ is the next ‘Taxi Driver’/Che Guevara poster on the wall, so as much as a crux it will undoubtedly be, I sincerely hope he does not end up hating it.

    Not many people in this or any other universe enter the consciousness in the manner THAT show did. Indeed, I am still missing it quite significantly.

    • Yeah, even though Vince knows himself that Breaking Bad was the best he ever did or will do in the industry there’s going to be an annoying amount of comparisons to BB for the rest of his career.
      It’s only human nature and that’s what everyone does but if the pilot episode for every one of his new shows doesn’t get glowing reviews the net will be flood with op-eds about how Gilligan lost his touch or was a one-hit wonder.

    • Yeah, I think that will be the comparison for the rest of his career. Hopefully he turns in something that is even more epic and it turns out to be a new comparison but I think it’s going to be like Whedon in which a lot of people compare his past shows to current ones, thus hearing things like “he lost his touch” or some other responses.

  2. Good for Vince…
    As we all know working for AMC is the most profitable for Showrunners and even actors. So while I’m sure he’s done pretty well for himself I have no problem with him signing deals for as many shows or production deals he may want.
    Cash in while the iron is hot.

  3. Maybe one of these new shows will be the Western that he’s spoken of for a while now.