Wednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!
Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.
10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.
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Norwegian broadcaster NRK has made its first U.S. sale of a scripted format with thriller series Mammon. 20th Century Fox Television has acquired the format through independent distributor DRG. Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will executive produce a U.S. adaptation for Chernin Entertainment. The deal was also brokered by UTA. Mammon – the title refers to a New Testament term that’s used to describe material wealth or greed that’s often personified – has yet to air in Norway, but has already been commissioned for a second season. Its first season kicks off in January. The tense six-part thriller pits brother against brother in the worlds of politics, media and finance. It hails from sibling producer/writer team Vegard and Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen. This is the latest is a string of hot Scandinavian properties that have made their way to the States including current series The Bridge, adapted from Danish/Swedish series Bron.
When Roger Ailes re-upped with News Corp for four more years in October, his deal included continued oversight of its first-run syndication unit Twentieth Television. But the recently spun-off 21st Century Fox made a number of changes today — which it outlined in a news release — including putting that part of its business directly under 20th Century Fox Television Co-Chairman Gary Newman and Dana Walden, leaving Ailes out of the syndie picture. The statement made no mention of the Fox News Chairman and CEO. Read the release after the jump:
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With Up All Night put to sleep, creator-writer Emily Spivey is moving into the multiple households of ABC’s three-time defending Emmy champ. The ex-Saturday Night Live-er joined Modern Family patriarch 20th Century Fox Television in February, inking a two-year overall deal two months after leaving NBC’s wobbling Christina Applegate-Will Arnett sitcom. Modern Family executive producer/writer Danny Zuker tweeted the Emmy-winning Spivey’s hiring Monday.
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EXCLUSIVE: Former 24 executive producer David Fury has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning real-time Fox drama. Under the pact, Fury will become the first writer to join the upcoming Fox event series 24: Live Another Day, joining former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, who is behind the new installment. Additionally, Fury is working on the high-profile FX drama project Tyrant, executive produced by Gordon and produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21. “We are huge fans of David at this studio and are thrilled to welcome him back,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “Howard Gordon has a shortlist of writers whom he relies on enormously, and David is one of them. He was hugely important to 24 over the course of its run, and bringing him back for Live Another Day was quite frankly a no-brainer.” During his stint on 24, WME-repped Fury shared in the series’ best drama series Emmy, as he did for ABC’s Lost, where he served as co-executive producer and received a writing nomination for the episode “Walkabout.” He also served as co-executive producer on Fringe and executive producer on the 20th TV-produced Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Former Reba creator and showrunner Allison Gibson has been denied her claim on profits from the sitcom’s second season for a second time. California’s Second District Court of Appeal reaffirmed a trial judge’s decision that 20th Century Fox Television did not commit breach of contract by not paying Gibson a 25% vested share in Reba’s sophomore season’s revenues. The co-executive producer was let go from Reba in March 2002, two months before the show’s first season concluded. Gibson, who had a two-year contract that paid her a portion of Reba’s adjusted gross, charged in her initial October 28, 2011 suit against Fox that she was entitled to her vested shares in the second season because she was already working on season two when she was dismissed. The court disagreed. “The trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary adjudication on the ground that the contract was unambiguous and that Gibson was not entitled to any relief,” wrote the court. “Gibson argues that the contract was unambiguous and should be interpreted in her favor, and that alternatively, the contract was ambiguous so that there is a triable issue of fact. We affirm because the contract is not reasonably susceptible to Gibson’s interpretation, and is consistent with the trial court’s interpretation.” Starring singer Reba McEntire, Reba debuted October 5, 2001 on The WB. The show ran until 2007. Gibson has another case against 20th Century Fox Television claiming that she was … Read More »
With The Big C headed to its conclusion, the series’ showrunner Jenny Bicks is moving on with a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The pact calls for the former Sex And The City executive producer to develop comedy and drama series for the studio. Bicks was most recently under an overall deal at Sony TV, which produces Showtime’s The Big C, created by Darlene Hunt. Bicks previously created and executive produced the ABC/Warner Bros TV one-hour dramedy Men In Trees and the NBC/NBC Studios comedy Leap Of Faith. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Homeland co-executive producer Chip Johannessen has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, whose cable division Fox 21 produces the hot Showtime drama. Under the pact, Johannessen will continue on Homeland, where he will be upped to executive producer for the upcoming second season. He also will develop new projects for cable and broadcast.
Johannessen, who was an executive producer on Fox’s 24 alongside Homeland creators/executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, served as showrunner of Showtime’s flagship drama Dexter before segueing to Homeland, which was successfully paired with Dexter for its launch. “Chip is a true cable voice,” said Fox 21 president Bert Salke, who had pursued Johannessen for development for a while. “He is irreplaceable on (Homeland); he is a key member and a backbone of the writing group and has become more active in showrunner duties.” ICM-repped Johannessen has written key episodes from Homeland‘s first season, including the explosive season finale. The pact with Johannessen comes on the heels of an overall deal for Gansa as 20th TV and Fox 21 are looking to keep intact what Salke called a “murderers’ row” of writers on the show, all of whom have showrunner experience: Gordon, Gansa, Johannessen, Alexander Cary, Meredith Stiehm and Henry Bromell. “That list sounds ridiculous; I haven’t seen a staff like that in the last 15 years,” said Salke, adding that the studio hopes to be working with them “for a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Gansa, who developed Showtime’s hot freshman drama Homeland with Howard Gordon, has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which developed the series and whose cable division Fox21 produces it. Under the pact, Gansa will continue to executive produce/co-showrun Homeland with Gordon and will also develop new projects both for cable and broadcast. “The work that Alex Gansa has done on Homeland for the last year and a half is as good as any work I’ve seen done in television,” said Fox 21 president Bert Salke. “He lives and breathes the show, and he has a great instinct about what is right for the world of Homeland.” While many TV writer-producers are good on the page but not great leaders or vice versa, Gansa is one of those rare exceptions who “could do it all,” Salke said. Homeland will remain Gansa’s first priority. “In addition to that, we have great aspirations for his development,” Salke said. Gansa, repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler, has a long relationship with 20th TV that goes back to his stint on the studio’s Fox drama The X Files. He also served as a co-executive producer/executive producer on the final two seasons of the Fox/20th TV drama 24, which was run by Gordon. The two then teamed to create Homeland loosely based on the Israeli series Hatufim.
How I Met Your Mother executive producer Chuck Tatham has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the long-running CBS comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV. The pact will keep him on HIMYM as an executive producer and will allow him to develop. Tatham has a long history with 20th TV that goes back to the studio’s Emmy-winning comedy Arrested Development, on which he served as a co-executive producer. Tatham worked in the same capacity on 20th TV’s Fox comedy series Back To You before joining HIMYM at the beginning of Season 4 in 2008, also as a co-executive producer. He was promoted to executive producer at the beginning of last season. “He is legitimately one of the funniest writers out there but he also has the dexterity to write heart,” which makes him “invaluable to the How I Met Your Mother staff,” 20th TV’s EVP Comedy Development and Animation Jonathan Davis said. “We also think that he is due for his own success.” Securing the top-level writer-producers on HIMYM is important as the series’ creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas also have a new series for next season, Fox’s The Goodwin Games, which the duo created with another HIMYM executive producer, Chris Harris. Tatham is repped by WME, The Collective and attorney Shep Rosenman.
EXCLUSIVE: Karyn Usher will mark her 10-year-anniversary at 20th Century Fox TV next year as the drama writer-producer has signed a new two-year overall deal with the studio to start in June. Usher has been at 20th series since 2003, working under an overall deal for the past two. Following a stint on the studio’s Lyon’s Den, she worked on Prison Break for its entire run and also served as co-executive producer on Bones. This development season, she landed her first pilot order for an untitled drama about the orphaned 14-year-old daughter (Saxon Sharbino) who becomes a spy herself. Brett Ratner is directing the Fox pilot, which co-stars Julian McMahon, Angela Bassett and Rick Schroder. “Karyn has shown her versatility, and she always does fantastic work,” said 20th TV chairman Gary Newman, adding that the studio brass “are very bullish on her pilot.” Usher is with WME.