Magazine article Variety

‘Scorpion’ Rising

Magazine article Variety

‘Scorpion’ Rising

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Nobody lands a long-running broadcast drama with their first scripted television project. But Scooter Braun did.

"Scorpion," starring "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee, is in its fourth season on CBS. The procedural drama grew out of a deal that Braun's SB Projects cut for the life rights to computer expert Walter O'Brien, a government contractor who claims to have the fourth-highest IQ in the world. The result was the first series SB Projects ever put into development anywhere, one that Braun executive produces and that hails from CBS Television Studios and SB. Scott Manson, chief operating officer of SB Projects, knows that such out-of-the-box success is a rarity.

"Scooter has incredible taste, but he has even more incredible luck," Manson says.

Both Manson and Braun say TV has been a learning experience for the company. "It was a lot of work in the beginning, and now a brilliant team is going season four on a brilliant show," Braun says of "Scorpion. …

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