Paramount + effectively revolves around Alex Kurtzman given that constant dependence on Star Trek, and it is clear that CBS will do whatever it takes to retain the director and producer. CBS Studios has signed an agreement by which Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout unit will exclusively produce shows for Paramount + and other platforms until 2026. He will continue to lead Star Trek efforts over the next six years, CBS said.
CBS did not say how much he paid Rock sources understood the agreement was “in the range of $ 150 million.” Kurtzman had two more years left for his existing job, but it was worth far less at ‘only’ $ 25 million.
Kurtzman has at least six Star Trek shows in progress, including existing productions Discovery,, Picard i Lower Decks as well as upcoming efforts like Strange new worlds,, Prodigy and currently unnamed Section 31 spinoff. He is also responsible for Showtime offers like the upcoming ones A man who fell to Earth TV remake, and Secret Hideout is working on projects such as an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story.
No wonder CBS would pay a premium for Kurtzman for that. While he’s not the only one creating famous shows for Paramount +, losing him and Secret Hideout would risk leaving a huge gap in CBS’s streaming strategy. The risk, of course, is that CBS further ties its destiny to one person and one production company – Paramount + could be in a difficult situation if there are ever major problems with Kurtzman shows.
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