EXCLUSIVE: Another high-profile member of the 24 team has signed on for the event series reboot of the Emmy-winning real-time drama. Evan Katz is set to join fellow 24 alums — showrunner Howard Gordon, writer David Fury and director Jon Cassar — as an executive producer on Fox‘s 24: Live Another Day. The stint is part of a new two-year overall deal Katz has signed with the studio behind the 24 franchise, 20th Century Fox TV.
Next to Gordon, Katz was probably 24’s longest-serving writer. He joined at the beginning of Season 2 and won a WGA Award for the first episode he ever wrote on the show, the Day 2 hour in which Jack Bauer fakes killing the son of a terrorist in order to force him to talk. Katz started as a consulting producer, becoming co-executive producer in Season 3 and executive producer in Season 4, staying with the series until its end in May 2010 after eight seasons. He shared in 24‘s best series Emmy win in 2006. “When Howard came to us about bringing back the show, we all loved the idea of reassembling the creative team that made 24 such a success,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “Getting Evan Katz — who wrote some of the show’s most memorable episodes — to share the executive producing responsibilities of Live Another Day is a huge win for this studio. He’s an incredibly talented writer, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back.” In addition to Gordon, Fury, Cassar and Katz, talks continue with two other former 24 executive producers, co-creator Bob Cochran and Manny Coto.
Katz, repped by WME, 3 Arts and Michael Gendler, most recently had a deal at ABC Studios, where he served as showrunner on Body Of Proof and developed a project last season. His post-24 credits also include NBC’s The Event and consulting on NBC”s Awake, which was run by Gordon.
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