New Girl is coming to Netflix starting today. The streaming service and Fox have inked a multi-year deal to bring the network’s highest rated comedy to the subscription-based digital outlet. The first season of the Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV-produced series from creator Liz Meriwether will be available July 1 with subsequent cycles like the recently ended Season 2 to follow after their broadcast season is complete. “New Girl has proven to be the biggest breakout sitcom hit of the season and we are thrilled to be able offer it so quickly to our U.S. subscribers,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are delighted that Netflix viewers will now have the opportunity to enjoy this remarkable comedy. As a leader in digital distribution, Netflix is an important partner for us. We are thrilled to continue building our relationship with them,” added Fox TV Distribution’s EVP Worldwide Pay TV and VOD Gina Brogi. READ MORE »
NBC development executive Renate Radford has joined director-producer Jason Winer‘s Small Dog Picture Co. Starting on Monday, she will oversee development for the company, which is based at 20th Century Fox TV with an overall deal. “Jason is the premiere single camera comedy director working in this business right now, and we are all excited about building the ‘Jason Winer brand,’” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “We’ve worked with Renate for years when she was an executive at NBC and she is the perfect person to help Jason grow his company. Getting her as his head of development was a coup.” For the past 7 years, Radford worked as VP comedy development at NBC and previously was development executive at Universal TV (then NBC Uni TV Studios) and its pre-Universal merger predecessor, NBC Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Olé, the TV production company of director Richard Shepard and producers Sean Furst and Bryan Furst is setting shop at 20th Century Fox TV after a two-year stint at CBS TV Studios. “Richard is a fantastic and versatile director with whom every network wants to be in business, and Sean and Bryan are incredibly talented producers known for smart and distinctive projects,” 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “They share our passion for bold, creatively adventurous television and we think this deal with Olé is going to be an enormously successful partnership.” Added the Fursts, “We are extremely excited and energized as we begin this new alliance with 20th Television, which has produced some of the most compelling television in recent years.”
At CBS Studios, Olé produced the newly picked up CW series Star-Crossed and is developing the family real estate business dramedy Hot Property for ABC Family. Under the new deal, Olé’s Meredith Ditlow has been elevated to Director of Development.
Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Sulkin and Wild have been at the studio since 2004 when they joined 20th TV’s Fox series Family Guy. The duo spent the last nine seasons on Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy animated comedy, working their way up the ranks to executive producers. This past season, Sulkin and Wild teamed with MacFarlane for a live-action project, Dads, which received a straight-to-series order from Fox based on the pilot script written by Sulkin and Wild. Under the overall pact with 20th TV, the two will continue as executive producers on Dads, which landed on Fox’s fall schedule.
After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, comedy writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to television with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, made in a competitive situation, the duo, who have background in both live-action and animated comedy, will develop live action and animation series for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner. They will write and direct their own projects and also supervise other writers. With the deal, Lord and Miller are picking up where they left off in TV, reuniting with the studio where they were based just before leaving for features, working on 20th TV series How I Met Your Mother and Jake In Progress and pilots Awesometown, untitled Phil Hendrie, and Luis. “They’ve really grown up,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We used to think of them as young guys with wildly inventive ideas. They still have wild ideas but now they also have the experience, maturity and relationships to find ways to have them mounted.”
EXCLUSIVE: After making a successful expansion into television, feature writer Chris Morgan is setting up TV shop. Morgan is launching a TV offshoot of his Chris Morgan Prods., which will be housed at 20th Century Fox TV with a two-year pod deal. Under the pact, Morgan will write and produce new series for the studio, as well as supervise other writers and develop projects for all networks.
Morgan, writer of the hit Fast And Furious movie franchise, first tested the TV waters this development season when he sold a few projects, two of which, Gang Related at Fox and Big Thunder at ABC, went to pilot. What’s more, both pilots have been garnering strong early buzz and appear strong contenders for series orders. Morgan wrote and executive produces Gang Related and co-wrote the story and executive produces Big Thunder. He has been in first position on Gang Related, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. The pilot was directed by Allen Hughes and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Terry O’Quinn and RZA.
After such a “fast & furious” start in TV, Morgan was pursued by multiple TV studios for a deal but opted to go with 20th TV because of what he said was “an amazing experience” with the studio’s executives during the development and production of Gang Related. “I have big goals in television, and I look forward to achieving them with the studio as my creative partner,” Morgan added.
Stephanie Herman has been promoted to VP Casting at 20th Century Fox TV. She reports to EVP Talent and Casting Sharon Klein. “Stephanie’s rise at the studio has been meteoric, and deservedly so,” Klein said. “She is so creative and smart, and she’s unbelievably wise beyond her years.” Herman joined the studio in 2006 directly upon graduating from UC Davis. She started off as as an assistant and rose through the ranks from coordinator to manager to director and now VP.
Popular 2004 Televisa telenovela Rubí is getting an English-language adaptation via Fox. The network has put in development an hourlong series based on the telenovela. Written by Lisa Loomer, it centers on a beautiful but poor woman who will do anything to make her dream a reality and become rich – she will even give up the greatest love of her life. 20th Century Fox TV and Televisa are producing the project, executive produced by Loomer and Michael Garcia. The telenovela was a monster ratings hit when aired in the US on Univision from September 2004 to March 2005, with its two-hour finale drawing nearly 8 million viewers.
Jason Winer, who directed the pilots for such 20th Century Fox TV comedy series as Modern Family, Don’t Trust The B—- and the upcoming 1600 Penn, is extending and expanding his relationship with the studio. Winer has signed a new three-year deal with 20th TV. Under the pact, he will continue to serve as executive producer and producing director of NBC’s 1600 Penn, which was just slotted for a January 10 launch on Thursday night. He also will continue to develop new projects for the studio, now through his own production company, Small Dog Picture Co., which he is launching under the new deal. “We made this deal with with the intention of building a production company for him here at 20th TV to take all those great relationships he has established with writers, actors and other directors and catapult him to next level,” said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden.
EXCLUSIVE: America’s Next Top Model co-developer/executive producer Ken Mok is staying in the fashion world with a scripted project, a drama for Fox. Titled Scarlatti, the project written by Marjorie David (90210), centers on a multi-generational dynasty struggling for …