Anna Fricke Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Hieroglyph’ As Showrunner

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

frickeAnna Fricke has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, she is joining the studio’s straight-to-series adventure drama Hieroglyph and will also develop new projects. “Anna’s a spectacular writer and showrunner … Read More »

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Steve Levitan Inks New Deal With 20th TV, Talks ‘Modern Family’ End Game, Potential Spinoffs & Anne Sweeney’s Career Change

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Steve Levitan Modern Family ContractUPDATED: Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan is staying with his TV family, signing a new four-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy series where he has been for over a decade. Under the rich pact, Levitan will continue as executive producer/co-showrunner on Modern Family, which he has been co-running alongside fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd. (Lloyd has no deal for the series beyond this season and is not pursuing an overall or new show deal at the moment.) Additionally, “I will be keeping an eye open for interesting projects to shepherd and will be looking for well-written pilots to direct,” said Levitan, who won a directing Emmy for Modern Family in 2012. Levitan also is contemplating writing a new show, either by himself or with a partner, during the hiatus from Modern Family. “I have a couple that I’ll pursue as soon as I have enough time off to feel bored — if that ever happens.” All that would be welcomed by 20th brass, led by co-chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Steve’s been at this studio almost as long as I have, and he’s still as passionate about the process of making TV as the day I met him,” Walden said. “Of course, he’ll continue to work with Chris on Modern Family, but we intend to take advantage of his talents every way we can, whether it’s directing pilots or supervising writers or creating another hit series of his own.”

20thTVLevitan said he didn’t look elsewhere before re-signing with 2oth TV, where he knows virtually everyone. “They’ve been very kind to me,” Levitan said. “Gary & Dana are the Jay Z & Beyonce of television executives. They are good friends and I feel like I have a home here.” But probably the biggest draw for Levitan, who previously created NBC comedy Just Shoot Me, was the opportunity to stay with Modern Family. “A wise friend once told me, ‘Hollywood is 10,000 people running to the spot where lightning just struck,’ he said. “I was lucky enough to be there when it did — I see no reason to run away from it.” Past experience and regrets also factored into his decision. “I left Just Shoot Me too early and I really didn’t want to make that mistake twice,” he said. “It’s important to me that Modern Family maintains its quality and that it finishes strong, and I want to be part of that.” Read More »

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Twentieth Century Fox TV Ups Carreras, Summers To VP, Hires Glamour Editor Weinberg As VP Talent Relations

20th Century Foxfoxhires3 Televisionfoxhires2 has promoted Jennifer Carreras to VP Comedy Development and Mandy Summers to VP Current Programming. Additionally, former Glamour editor Jen Weinberg has joined the studio as VP Talent Relations and Events. Carreras reports to EVP Development Michael Thorn, Summers to EVP Current Programming Jeffrey Glaser, and Weinberg to SVP Corporate Communications and Publicity Chris Alexander.

foxhires1Carreras, who joined 20th TV in July 2007 as assistant to Chairman and CEO Dana Walden, most recently had been Director of Comedy Development, shepherding the development of this season’s high-concept new series Enlisted for Fox broadcast network. She oversees a roster of producers, writers and directors for the studio including Mike Royce and The Walcott Co. (Jake Johnson and Max Winkler). She has been working on a broad slate of development this season, including projects from Neil Goldman and Garret Donovan with Kevin Hart, Phil Rosenthal, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman with Mike White, Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser, Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux with Jenny Bicks and Jay Baruchel.
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Ben McKenzie To Star As Detective James Gordon In Fox’s Batman Series ‘Gotham’

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

mckenziebenFox‘s Batman-themed drama Gotham has cast its lead, Detective James Gordon. Southland alum Ben McKenzie has been tapped for the role in the project, which has a series commitment. Based on … Read More »

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Comedy Based On Kevin Hart’s Life Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order At ABC

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kevinhartABC is adding a comedy to the three drama pickups tonight. The network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to a multicamera comedy from hot actor-comedian Kevin Hart and former Community executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan. … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Ups 2 To VP

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

Mark Ambrose has been promoted to VP Drama Development and Shari Rosenblum to VP Publicity, effective immediately, 20th Century Fox Television announced today. … Read More »

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Fox Seeks A Single Partner To Buy ‘The Simpsons’ Cable Syndication Rights

The animated series is “the greatest television asset of all time, and certainly of the generation,20th Century Fox Television chairman Gary Newman told investors today Read More »

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Manny Coto Joins ‘24: Live Another Day’ Team

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Add Manny Coto to the names of 24 team members who have been signed on to Fox’s real-time action drama’s event-series reboot. Coto has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Read More »

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