Nellie Andreeva

Hung co-creators, the husband-and-wife writing team of Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson, have signed a two-year overall deal with Fox 21, 20th Century Fox TV’s cable and reality division which produces FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, Showtime’s Homeland and A&E’s Breakout Kings. This is only the second overall deal Fox 21 president Bert Salke has done since he took over the company a year-and-a-half ago, along with a cable pact with Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol co-writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. He plans to add to the roster but continue to be selective. “We really believe that what keeps (cable-focused) companies like Fox 21 relevant is our relationship with the creators, and Dmitry and Colette are the type of creators we want to be in business with.” He plans to sit down with the duo next week to discuss show ideas.

The deal includes Lipkin and Burson’s exclusive services in cable for them to both write and executive produce their own projects as well as supervise other writers. Lipkin and Burson have strong cable pedigree and have worked for both basic and premium networks. Lipkin created FX’s The Riches, on which Burson served as a writer. The two then went on to create Hung, which ran on HBO for 3 seasons. In his TV career to date, playwright CAA-repped Lipkin worked closely with Michael Rosenberg, first at Maverick Films, which produced The Riches, and most recently at eOne, which produced Hung. Burson is with UTA.

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