Bryan Fuller, the out cocreator and executive producer of Fox's critically praised dramedy Wonderfalls, has signed a two-year overall deal with series coproducer 20th Century Fox TV. The pact, said to be in the seven-figure range and to include an option for a third year, calls for Fuller to focus primarily on developing new shows for the studio while also possibly working on an existing 20th TV series. "Bryan has an incredibly fresh and unique voice for television," 20th TV president Dana Walden said. "He is one of the people we've identified over the past couple of years who sort of defines what this studio is trying to do in terms of distinctive and groundbreaking television."
The deal comes on the heels of Fox's quick cancellation of the quirky Wonderfalls, a coproduction of 20th TV and Regency TV, which launched to good reviews but was pulled off the air after four low-rated airings. It was 20th TV's conviction in championing the show that persuaded Fuller to stay in business with the studio. "I'm really looking forward to sitting down and developing new projects with these people because they were so incredibly supportive and nurturing with Wonderfalls, and I can't wait to have another experience [with them]," he said.
Fuller, who also created Showtime's one-hour series Dead Like Me and wrote and executive-produced NBC's telefilm-backdoor pilot Carrie, is looking to venture into the half-hour genre and has already pitched a couple of projects to 20th TV's vice president of drama development Jane Leisner. Outside of the deal Fuller is writing and executive-producing The Amazing Screw-On Head, a half-hour animated comedy pilot based on Mike Mignola's comic book that was recently green-lighted by the Sci Fi Channel. (Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter)