EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Johnson, executive producer/showrunner of Fox’s freshman drama Alcatraz, has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV after a five-year stint at Warner Bros TV, which produces Alcatraz. 20th TV chairman Dana Walden noted that Johnson is exactly the type of writer-showrunner 20th TV wants on its roster, “somebody who can contribute meaningfully to our existing shows and somebody whose development we’re interested in.”
Johnson spent the last season on Alcatraz, where she started as a consultant after the pilot and was bumped up to executive producer/showrunner following the November departure of co-creator/executive producer Liz Sarnoff. With her deal at 20th TV, which starts at the end of the season, Johnson will be leaving Alcatraz. While Fox has not made an official decision yet on the future of the the time-travel procedural, which wrapped its freshman run Monday, it is unlikely to return for a second season. Johnson started at Warner Bros TV as a supervising producer on the fourth season of the studio’s CBS crime drama Cold Case. She was elevated to showrunner at the end of Season 5. Johnson, repped by WME and attorney Matt Johnson, went on to create, executive produce and run the NBC drama Chase, also for WBTV and Bruckheimer TV. She then reunited with JJ Abrams on Alcatraz after previously working with him on the first season of Lost.
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