Nellie Andreeva

Writer-producer Alex Cary has signed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the new pact, Cary will continue as a co-executive producer on the acclaimed Showtime drama series Homeland, which is produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox21, as well as develop new projects for the studio. Cary has had a meteoric rise at 20th TV where he has been for two and a a half-years. He was brought in as a story editor at the beginning of  the second season of the studio’s series Lie To Me. By the end of the season, he had been upped to executive producer and co-showrunner for the procedural drama’ third season and landed his first overall deal with the studio. “He showed great leadership, writing and showrunner skills,” said 20th TV chairman chairman Gary Newman. In addition to him being a key senior-level producer for staffing, the studio is betting on Cary for development. Cary made his debut in the arena earlier this season with a reboot of Stephen J. Cannell’s 1980s series Wiseguy, which landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. “Not only will he be servicing Homeland, I think he will be a big deal this development season,” Newman said. Because of his background as a Special Forces operative who served in Operation Desert Storm and in Northern Ireland, the British-native Cary has become a touchstone for the Nicholas Brody character on Homeland. Cary, repped by WME and New Wave Entertainment, started his TV writing career on The Riches and In Plain Sight.

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