'How I Met Your Mother' Producer Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

8:00 AM PST 08/02/2011 by Lacey Rose
Kourtney Kang

Kourtney Kang talks to The Hollywood Reporter about her promotion and what's next for the girl who once studied her newspaper's TV grid.

How I Met Your Mother's Kourtney Kang has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

As part of the arrangement, Kang has been elevated to executive producer status on the 20th-produced, CBS comedy and will be tasked with developing other projects for the studio.

She has been with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas' How I Met Your Mother since its debut in 2005, first as a writer and then as a co-executive producer. Kang also wrote, executive produced and co-created Living on a Prayer, a pilot that CBS ultimately passed on two seasons ago. Like Mother, it was a collaboration with Bays, Thomas and Joe Kelly.

"Kourtney is capable of creating characters that people care about and are interested in wanting to follow the saga of their lives and that’s what we’ll look to her for," says 20th TV chairman Dana Walden, speaking to a quality that she believes is among the keys to Mother's success.

While she's still very committed to Mother, Kourtney acknowledges that she has a couple of other potential series ideas brewing. "The thing that really interests me is making really strong female characters that everybody can relate to," she tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that her favorite films, including Clueless, Legally Blond, Heathers and Mean Girls, fit into this category.

Like her peers in the industry, she's thrilled that women are finally getting their due on the big and small screen. "It used to be every year there would be one or two 'girl shows,' and it feels like now there's a ton of them," she says, referencing several of the female-skewing fall schedules at the broadcast networks. "It's not looked down upon as a girl show anymore; it's just a great show."

Kang has had her heart set on a career in television ever since she was a little girl who studied the TV grid in her parent's newspaper. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, she packed her life into her Honda Civic and drove out to Los Angeles where she got her break working as Michael Chiklis' assistant on NBC's short-lived 2000 comedy Daddio. She followed that with a job as an an assistant at ICM, before landing in a development role at NBC. From there, Kang became a writer on that network's 2003 comedy Coupling and sold and developed feature scripts for both HBO and Fox.

She is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.

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