EXCLUSIVE: Fox‘s animated brand is built on family comedies with stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy. Now the network is eyeing a new addition in Dark Lord Of Delaware, an animated comedy from Alan Schoolcraft & Brent Simon, writers of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, and former Fox head of comedy-turned-producer Marcus Wiley. The project, now in development, centers on Zarbus, a man who must deal with the conflicting emotions of being a stay at home dad after losing his job. The situation is made all the more challenging by the fact his previous position was that of a Voldemort-like evil sorcerer who once ruled over a magical kingdom. Now banished to our world, he must navigate the social minefield of suburbia while keeping his omnipotent powers in check.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Fox has bought a drama pitch from Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia and former Fox comedy executive-turned-producer Marcus Wiley through Wiley’s first-look deal at the network. Based on an idea by Paglia and his producing partner James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Pomona Kings is the saga of two rival families, one white and one Latino, who vie for power and prestige in the world of custom car shops and drag racing in Southern California. Told through the star-crossed romance of the prodigal son and drag-racing daughter of the warring family patriarchs, they must navigate a world of rival gangs, car theft rings, gambling and corruption, to escape their humble beginnings and make a future of their own. Paglia, Middleton and Wiley executive produce. Wiley, repped by Matt Johnson and Wendy Kirk, has sold several projects in his first development season as a producer, including a comedy from Greg Malins at Fox. Paglia and Middleton are with Paradigm, the Gotham Group, and attorney Ron Levin.
EXCLUSIVE: Friends and How I Met Your Mother alum Greg Malins has teamed with former Fox co-head of comedy Marcus Wiley for Odd Couple Families, a half-hour project that has sold to Fox with penalty. The comedy — produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Malins is under an overall deal — landed at Fox as part of Wiley’s first-look development deal at the network where he was an executive for more than five years until departing in July to segue to producing. Written and exec produced by Malins, Odd Couple Families explores the reality of people spending the most time with the parents of their kids’ friends whether they like it or not. It revolves around two couples and two divorced parents who are forced together, inextricably linked by the connection created by their kids. This marks the most significant sale thus far for Wiley’s new production company, which has set up several broadcast comedy and drama projects. It represents Malins’ third sale this season, joining comedies The Worst Best Thing at Fox and Half at NBC. He is is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson. While at Fox, Wiley was instrumental in the development of New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bob’s Burgers.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox‘s SVP Marcus Wiley, who has been co-heading the network’s comedy department with Suzanna Makkos, is stepping down to segue to producing. Wiley is finalizing a multi-year, first-look development deal with the network, and is expected to transition into the new role by the end of the month. Makkos will now run the department solo. Wiley, whose contract was up, has been at Fox for the past five and a half years after originally starting at the network in 1999 as an assistant to David Nevins. He is known in the industry for his temper and passion for talent. (He was involved in a heated argument at the network earlier this year that has drawn a lot of attention.)
Before re-joining Fox in 2008, Wiley was a literary and packaging agent at the William Morris Agency for five years and covered Fox. “I felt the network’s comedy brand was in need of being invigorated,” he said. Along with his partner for the past several years, Makkos, Wiley shepherded such recent additions to Fox’s comedy lineup as Raising Hope, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Bob’s Burgers as well as the network’s five upcoming half-hour series. But after recently turning 40, Wiley started pondering what his end game would be. “I came back to Fox to learn the mentality on a high level and take that into being a producer,” Wiley said. He praised Fox’s …