EXCLUSIVE: Fox is finalizing a deal for a presentation order to an animated comedy project from comedian Demetri Martin, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The pickup came shortly after the project, a family workplace comedy set in the California Redwoods, was pitched to the network. The former Daily Show correspondent will write and voice a lead character in the animated comedy, which he will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. Animation is not new territory for Martin, who among other things is an artist. His Comedy Central series Important Things With Demetri Martin regularly featured animated segments as well as him doing whimsical drawings on a flip chart. Martin, repped by CAA and attorney Nancy Rose, had a development deal at CBS last season. This marks the second animated presentation at Fox for Chernin Entertainment. Its first one, Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory, went to series and premieres Oct. 30.
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