11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Modern Family's' Ty Burrell Inks Development Pact With 20th TV
Ty Burrell is expanding his relationship with Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox Television.
The Emmy- and SAG Award-winning actor has inked a one-year development deal with the studio behind the hit comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pact will see Burrell (aka Phil Dunphy) write, co-create and develop original comedy projects as well as identify promising projects from other writers for the studio to develop. He'll continue to be exclusive onscreen for ABC's Modern Family.
"Someday I’d like to grow up to be a writer-producer full-time," Burrell said. "So I’m thrilled to be in business with Fox and to be writing and looking for material with my old pals, and UCB members, Johnny Meeks, Joel Spence and Mel Cowan. As well as my brother, Duncan Burrell. Aside from my brother, they’re all just so gorgeous."
The deal comes two years after Burrell teamed with his brother for an untitled single-camera comedy based on their childhood, which was set up at ABC via 20th TV.
"We love Ty as a performer, of course, but he’s also demonstrated a real talent for developing," said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox TV's president of creative affairs. "We did a project with him two seasons ago, and although it didn’t ultimately go to pilot, it was quite special — very specific and unusual. This deal is about deepening our relationship with this deservedly award-winning actor and tapping into a comedic community we want to access."
Burrell is repped by ICM Partners and attorney J. Franklin Stewart. He can currently be seen in indie feature Skeleton Twins. Beyond Modern Family, he recently guest-starred on Comedy Central's Key & Peele and next voices a character in Disney's Finding Nemo follow-up, Finding Dory.