FtvS retains producer pair

2-year deals for Randall, Bondesen

Fox TV Studios has re-upped the producers behind its hot new cable series TNT's "Saving Grace" and USA Network's "Burn Notice."

"Grace" executive producer Gary A. Randall and "Burn" executive producer Mikkel Bondesen have inked new two-year deals with the studio.

Meanwhile, both shows were picked up for a second season Wednesday (story on page 18).

"Certainly, the success of 'Saving Grace' and 'Burn Notice' derives from their gifted showrunner-creators, Nancy Miller and Matt Nix, but both Gary Randall and Mikkel Bondesen were pivotal as well," FtvS executive vp scripted programming David Madden said.

Randall, who has been at FtvS since 2004, has an overall deal with the studio for cable development.

"Gary is old-school tenacious, doggedly fighting for everything he believes in, yet tasteful and meticulous in every detail," Madden said.

Randall, who worked on Miller's three previous series, came on board "Grace" in late 2004 when the script landed at FtvS in a turnaround. Randall and Miller are executive producing the series with another longtime collaborator, Artie Mandelburg.

Under his previous deal at FtvS, Randall also executive produced Lifetime's drama pilot "Conspiracy" this year. When it was time to re-up, staying at FtvS was a no-brainer, he said.

"Between David Madden, Jerry Longarzo, Nancy Cotton and Marney Hochman, I couldn't ask for a better team to go off and slay dragons with in the difficult word of putting programming on the air," Randall said.

On the development front, Randall and Alex Sapot, his development executive at Grand Prods., continue to work on an adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel "The Street Lawyer" for TNT. The project, originally a four-hour miniseries/backdoor pilot, is now being developed as a one-hour drama pilot.

At A&E, Randall is executive producing "Y-3," a drama in development that centers on an ex-criminal who, while temping at a local precinct, secretly dons an NYPD uniform to solve cases. Dan Therriault is the writer.

Randall is repped by attorney Brad Small.

"Burn" came out of the two-year first-look deal Bondesen's literary management/production company Fuse signed with FtvS in 2005.

Fuse's client list includes "Burn" creator Nix as well as "Chuck" creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, "Ugly Betty" creator Silvio Horta, "Freaky Friday" writer Heather Hach and "Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt.

"Mikkel is the enthusiastic Dane with an infallible eye for writers and ideas," Madden said. "And despite the fact that he uses the word 'awesome' more than any adult should, when he says he loves something, I listen."

For Denmark-born Bondesen, continuing at FtvS was a matter of matching tastes and sensibilities.

"I love the type of material David and his team put on the air," Bondesen said. "They make the exact type of shows I watch."

Bondesen is already busy developing under his new deal with FtvS as he continue to pursue writers within as well as outside of his company.
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