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Writer Josh Friedman Signs 3-Year Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

By | Thursday June 16, 2011 @ 12:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Friedman, writer/executive producer of Locke & Key, is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, which produced the Fox pilot. Friedman has signed a rich three-year overall deal with the studio to develop new projects. Additionally, he will serve as consulting producer on the studio’s new drama series The Finder, a spinoff from veteran Bones.

Friedman, a busy feature writer with such credits as War of the Worlds and The Black Dhalia, has created four TV projects that have gone to pilot, and one of them, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, went to series and ran on Fox for two seasons. 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said she and fellow chairman Gary Newman had been tracking Friedman for a while and finally got to do a project with him with Locke & Key, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s graphic novel. Walden praised Friedman’s convictions to keep the pilot true to his vision and for acting as a very responsible producer on a big-budget production. “Josh is an incredible writer with a knack for creating genre programming, which makes him a perfect fit for our studio which has produced shows like The X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” Walden said. “He did beautiful work on Locke & Key, and while it didn’t ultimately go to series, it was a pilot we were immensely proud of. He also has a fantastic sense of humor, which really comes through in his work and makes it very distinct.” Read More »

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Silvio Horta Signs Overall Deal With Sony TV

By | Friday June 10, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

More Latino TV? Q&A With Showrunner Silvio Horta
Ugly Betty developer/executive producer Silvio Horta is returning to active TV duty. After fielding interest from several studios, Horta has signed a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. After Ugly Betty ended its four-season run on ABC in the spring of 2010, “I took big chunk of time off,” Horta said. “I wanted to decompress for a while and started working on things of my own, wrote a feature spec.” Now he is back just in time for the upcoming development season and is already zeroing in on a couple of projects.

One is a show at Fox about three sisters in Miami, the city where Horta was born and raised, with interconnected love lives. Also like Horta, the sisters are Cuban-American. Jennifer Lopez, who has an existing relationship with Fox via American Idol, may come on board as a producer. Additionally, Horta, who has only worked in the hourlong format so far, including creating UPN’s sci-fi drama Jake 2.0, said he has an idea for a half-hour comedy. “I’ve never done half-hours, and I would like to take a shot at that. I’m also definitely interested in venturing into cable.” Read More »

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