Report: Team That Created Current Hit ABC Sitcom Splitting Up

Jul 20, 2010  •  Post A Comment

"Modern Family" creators and showrunners Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have reportedly decided to quit their four-year business partnership,reports former TVWeek editor Joe Adalian, who is now at New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

While neither will leave "Modern Family," the two are in talks with 20th Century Fox Television, with whom the pair have a multiyear deal, to stay at the studio in new, separate deals, the story says.

"Given the fact that ‘Family’ figures to be around a lot longer, and likely make a lot more money than 20th’s other big hit from last season, ‘Glee,’ don’t be surprised if Levitan and Lloyd’s new agreements end up in the same range as the big bucks Ryan Murphy is supposedly now making for his services," Adalian writes.

He adds that the separation likely has more to do with the bottom line than anything else: the pair joined in 2006 when TV comedy was struggling, and now that "Modern Family" is a hit, "the two men (along with their agents at UTA and ICM) realized they no longer really needed to stay attached," the story says.

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