Fox Entertainment has signed its first overall deal with a television creator since the Disney acquisition of Twentieth Television and other 21st Century Fox entertainment assets left the Fox network to operate as an independent company without a major studio partner.
The company announced that it signed writer/creator Jeff Davis, who’s behind “Criminal Minds” and “Teen Wolf,” to a direct, exclusive, broadcast-only talent deal. Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, announced the signing.
Under terms of the agreement, Davis will develop scripted dramas for the Fox network.
“Jeff is a singular talent with a unique voice. His ability to create an incredibly wide range of shows — from character-driven procedurals like ‘Criminal Minds’ to pop culture-piercing coming-of-age stories like ‘Teen Wolf’ — is what makes this deal so significant,” Thorn said. “As the company’s first direct overall deal, it has even greater significance because it underscores our commitment to being in business with the industry’s best creators — and offering them flexibility and backend, both rare commodities in today’s marketplace.”
Davis commented: “Producing the pilot of ‘Teen Wolf’ with Michael Thorn not only began one of the best professional experiences I’ve had, but set a high bar for collaborative partners that I’ve sought to replicate ever since. The chance to do it again with him, Charlie Collier, Charlie Andrews, Gabriel Marano and the rest of their team at Fox was one I couldn’t pass up.”
Davis created the hit CBS series “Criminal Minds” and has gone on to develop pilots for a number of networks, including creating and serving as the showrunner for all 100 episodes of MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” Along with producer David Janollari, Davis currently is working on a pilot for Syfy based on the classic series “Night Gallery.”