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NBC poaches Fox exec to fill drama post

US broadcaster NBC has poached 20th Century Fox Television’s Lisa Katz to fill the role Pearlena Igbokwe vacated when she was promoted to president of Universal Television. Katz will become NBC’s executive VP, drama development on July 11, and will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. She replaces Igbokwe, who recently took over at […]

Fox confirms Prison Break ‘sequel’

US broadcaster network Fox has confirmed it is bringing back conspiracy drama Prison Break as a limited series. Announcing the news at the Television Critics Association tour yesterday Fox Television Group co-CEO and chairman Dana Walden said the show would be a “bit of a sequel”. The original series ran for four seasons between 2005 […]

Fox ties down Empire builder

Twentieth Century Fox Television has secured the exclusive services of Empire co-creator Lee Daniels. Daniels has entered into a multiyear deal with TCFT, continuing with his executive producer duties on broadcast drama ratings hit Empire. He will also be developing, writing, directing and supervising new projects for the Fox network under his Lee Daniels Entertainment […]

Fox’s Empire to hit Viaplay

Fox’s hit drama Empire will launch on MTG’s streaming service Viaplay later this year. The drama has been a big hit for broadcast net Fox in the US. Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution sells the series, which has already been picked up by a raft of buyers including ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, Channel 4 in the […]

Fox’s Empire headed to UK youth net

Fox’s new season break-out hit Empire has landed on UK TV. A deal between Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and British broadcaster Channel 4 will see the show air on young adult-skewed network E4. The Lee Daniels-produced 12x60mins show follows the CEO of a hip-hop dynasty, who has to decide which of his children should […]

Fox hands emerging writer duo development deal

US broadcast network has given emerging writers Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft scripted development deals after the duo were chosen as fellows of an in-house writing initiative. Gonzalez and Haft have been staffed on Empire (pictured), Fox’s upcoming family drama from Lee Daniels about a hip-hop mogul who has to decide which of his children […]

WGN America orders Ten Commandments original series

US cable channel WGN America has ordered 10-part scripted drama Ten Commandments from the Weinstein Company. Running for 10 nights, each episode of the series will see a different modern interpretation of a Commandment from an A-list director. Wes Craven, Michael Cera, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan and Gus Van Sant are committed to directing an […]