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Former Head of ABC Takes Production Deal at Fox Deadline

Fox Broadcasting has given a production deal to the former president of ABC. Deadline.com reports that the network signed a deal with Stephen McPherson after the former network boss was out of the spotlight for more than two years.

The deal was brought about by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly, a friend of McPherson's, the story says. The pair started out in TV together, with both working at NBC under Warren Littlefield, and McPherson defended Reilly when he was ousted by NBC in 2007, the piece notes.

Since leaving ABC in 2010, McPherson has focused on his wine business. He's credited with some hits at the network, including "Modern Family," but the article notes that he has also been a "polarizing figure," which had many questioning whether he would return to TV.

The report adds: “McPherson’s name first surfaced in 2011 as a candidate to head the relaunched Regency Television. He met with several TV studios for a pod deal last fall and entered negotiations with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV but that deal, which was to be in conjunction with the network, ultimately didn’t pan out.”