12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jeff Eastin Renews Fox Overall Deal
20th Century Fox Television and Fox Television Studios are locking down Jeff Eastin.
The White Collar and Graceland creator has inked a new overall deal with the studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the new two-year pact (with an option), Eastin will continue to serve as an exec producer on USA Network's Graceland and develop new projects for broadcast and cable. The producer has had an overall deal with FTVS, primarily for cable, since 2010.
"Jeff is one of those very few writers who can write great characters and surprising plots, while at the same time infusing a really specific comedic tone," said 20th TV exec vp development Michael Thorn. "His offbeat sensibility gives him a unique perspective on franchise television shows, and we are excited to develop his next hit for broadcast."
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Added FTVS senior vp programming Nancy Cotton: "As the creator of both White Collar and Graceland, Jeff successfully put two compelling yet very different twists on the crime drama, while also devising unique storylines and themes that married perfectly with each show's enormously talented cast. He is an inspired creator, writer and showrunner and we are thrilled to continue to develop breakthrough programming with Jeff."
"Fox Television Studios has been my home for half a decade and they have been a wonderful creative partner," Eastin said. "I look forward to expanding that relationship with the team at 20th Century Fox Television."
Eastin's new pact, which includes Fox studio arm 20th TV, comes as procedurals and crime dramas have seen renewed interest this development season as broadcast networks look for new twists on the tried-and-true format a la ABC's breakout hit How to Get Away With Murder.
Eastin is repped by CAA and attorney Karl Austen.