20th Century Fox TV has signed a one-year development and talent holding deal with Wilmer Valderrama. Under the pact, the studio will develop a project for the That ‘70s Show alum to star in and produce. Valderrama will start meeting with writers next week and will consider both comedy and drama projects. He may also bring his own show ideas or opt to board a project that is already in development at the studio. If the project Valderrama is attached to does not get a green light, 20th TV can cast him in another pilot for next season.
The deal extends Valderrama’s relationship with 20th TV. He had a similar development/holding deal during the 2010-11 season, which resulted in his casting on the studio’s NBC drama series Awake. Before that, he starred in 20th TV’s hourlong comedy pilot for Fox The Emancipation Of Ernesto, and was attached to star in another 20th comedy project for Fox inspired by the work of “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan. He is now about to start a guest arc on the 20th/Fox comedy series Raising Hope where he will play Melanie Griffith’s boyfriend. “Wilmer is that great cousin who is funny and charming and talented, and you want him to come to every gathering,” 20th TV’s head of casting Sharon Klein said. “He is a breath of fresh air, all light and fun and smart.”
Valderrama, repped by UTA, The Collective and attorney Michael Gendler, is creator/executive producer of MTVTres’ Ricardo Laguna Project and webseries King Of The Floor for Electus’ Youtube Channel NuevOn. He will next be seen in Spike Lee’s The Girl Is In Trouble. This is the second high-profile talent/development deal for 20th TV this season. The studio also has a pact with Hilary Duff.
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best premiered in Toronto last night, and while there’s no distribution deal to report yet, writer/director and star Ryan O’Nan and Michael Weston have scored a contract that turns their fictional band into a real thing. The duo plays The Brooklyn Brothers in the film, and now O’Nan and Weston have signed a record contract to record under that band name for Rhino Entertainment. It’s an extension of a deal Rhino made to release the soundtrack of a film that also stars Arielle Kebbel, Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher McDonald, Jason Ritter, and Wilmer Valderrama.
O’Nan, who wrote most of the movie’s songs, plays a musician who is on the verge of quitting after a painful breakup with his girlfriend. Then he meets a self-appointed music revolutionary (Weston). After an initial violent clash, the guys form a band, work out their Read More »
That ’70s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama, The Practice veteran Steve Harris and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star BD Wong have been cast opposite Jason Isaacs in NBC’s drama pilot REM, from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen and 20th … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A comedy starring Wilmer Valderrama has landed at ABC. American Dad co-executive producers Murray and Judah Miller created the project, a live-action comedy with a musical component. They will write the script and serve as showrunners. Saturday Night Live writer Akiva Schaffer, who directs, co-writes and edits the majority of the late-night sketch show’s digital shorts, developed the untitled comedy with the Miller brothers and is on board to direct the potential pilot. Valderrama, Murray Miller, Judah Miller and Schaffer will all executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV, where Valderrama is under a talent holding deal, is producing the project, which has landed a script commitment plus penalty. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Wilmer Valderrama has inked a talent holding/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, That ‘70s Show alum Valderrama will star and executive produce a series project for the studio. The deal solidifies Valderrama’s ties with 20th TV. Two … Read More »