Holland hangs around 20th TV

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Emmy-winning director Todd Holland is extending his long-standing relationship with 20th Century Fox TV by inking a new two-year, seven-figure deal with the studio.

Holland is busy working on several 20th TV projects. He is executive producing and directing "Miss/Guided," the studio's midseason comedy series for ABC. He also is exec producing and is set to direct "Miracle Man," a televangelist drama he developed with writer Tim Minear that has a put pilot commitment at ABC.

"The thing we love about Todd is his incredible versatility as a director — from comedy to genre programming, his range is broad," 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. "He is incredibly inspirational to work with, and all the writers he's developed with are clamoring to work with him again."

Holland has been at 20th TV since 2001. He has directed and executive produced several pilots for the studio — most recently "Miss/Guided" and "Fugly" this past development season — as well as the critically praised Fox series "Wonderfalls," which he executive produced with Minear and Bryan Fuller.

But despite his long history at the studio, his renewal wasn't automatic.

"In a changing marketplace, I did look around at other homes, and I was comforted to realize what a great place 20th is still," Holland said.

A major factor in his decision was the recent decision by 20th TV chiefs Newman and Dana Walden to extend their deals with the studio as part of their elevation to chairmen (HR 7/9).

"I have a great relationship with them, and if they're hanging around, I decided I'd hang around too," he said.

In addition to "Miracle Man," under his pact with 20th TV Holland is developing a half-hour project with "Random Acts of Kindness" playwright Andrea Abbate about two best girlfriends who are hit men.

"It's 'Romy & Michele' meets 'Pulp Fiction,' " Holland said.

Holland has won two directing Emmys for Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" and one for HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show." He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Bob Getman.
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