August 29, 2012 2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Six Feet Under,' 'Lost' Producer Craig Wright Inks Pod Deal With Fox 21
Craig Wright has signed with Fox 21.
The writer-producer who picked up an Emmy nomination for his work on HBO's Six Feet Under has inked a one-year pod deal to create cable projects of his own and supervise other writers for the shingle.
"We're trying to build a group of the best writers in cable who want to all do cable television and figure out what their seminal shows are, and Craig is perfectly situated among them," Fox 21 president Bert Salke told The Hollywood Reporter. He noted that Wright joins Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (Homeland) and Chip Johannessen (Dexter, Homeland) at the studio.
"We see ourselves as a writers' studio," Salke said. "Since I've come here, it's been clear path to that; we're really writer-driven in a world where there are fewer and fewer cable projects being made at a given network. … We're pretty selective about who we want to make deals with and feel the studio's best calling card is to have this kind of talent.
Salke pointed to networks like Showtime, which premiered one drama -- Homeland -- last year.
Before signing with Fox 21, Wright had a long relationship with ABC Studios and its predecessor Touchstone TV, where he developed Lost, Brothers and Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money. He inked his first TV overall deal there in 2005.
In addition to his work on Six Feet Under, Wright's credits include creating (and reteaming with Peter Krause) on Dirty Sexy Money, Lost, Brothers and Sisters and United States of Tara. His most recent effort, MTV's Underemployed, launches in October. The accomplished playwright also will debut Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner, on Broadway next month.
"We are certainly looking forward to a long-term relationship with Craig," Salke said, noting the studio would mostly focus on developing hourlong efforts from Wright. "Craig and I go back a long way, and this is something I've wanted to do for some time."
Wright is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.