'Glee' co-creator inks deal with 20th TV

Brad Falchuk to develop and direct other projects at studio

Six years ago, a spec script in hand and no credits to his name, Brad Falchuk went to interview with Ryan Murphy for a job on Murphy's FX drama "Nip/Tuck."

That meeting landed Falchuk his first gig and started a partnership that spawned the FX pilot "Pretty/Handsome," which Murphy and Falchuk created, and Fox's breakout series "Glee," which the two co-created with Ian Brennan.

Now, on the heels of "Glee's" early success, Falchuk has inked his first overall deal: a two-year, seven-figure pact with series producer 20th Century Fox TV.

"Brad is a very soulful writer and a formidable producer," 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said.

Falchuk's biggest test came when Murphy left "Glee" to direct the feature "Eat, Pray, Love," leaving Falchuk in charge of producing the final three episodes of the series' initial 13-episode order.

"Brad stepped up and ran 'Glee', which is not an easy feat," Walden said. "It has many moving parts: music, a very big cast, tone that is very specific and involves dark humor and emotion. It is a challenging show creatively to hit right."

What also sets "Glee" apart from other shows is that the episodes are penned by the creators: Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan.

In addition to writing, Falchuk has directed multiple episodes of the music-driven series, which reflects some of his high-school and coming-of-age experiences.

"Everything on the show is personal for me," said Falchuk, who named several characters on "Glee" after childhood friends. He wrote and directed "Preggers" -- the episode in which the gay glee club member joins the football team and leads them in a dance routine to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" -- and the fall finale episode slated to air next week.

Under his overall deal, Falchuk's primary focus will be "Glee," but he also is expected to develop and direct other projects at the studio, probably again in partnership with Murphy.

"It's been a blessing for me," the WME-repped Falchuk said of his relationship with Murphy, his "closest friend, mentor and partner."

As for aligning with 20th TV, "I never considered signing a deal anywhere else; I couldn't be happier here," he said.
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