Turner inks 2-year pact at 20th TV

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Prolific "24" director-producer Brad Turner has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the real-time drama with Imagine TV.

Under the pact, Turner will be upped to co-executive producer on "24" this coming season and to executive producer the next season.

"Brad has been incredibly valuable on '24,' " 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman said. "He is equally adept with action and emotional material and brings consistency and quality to any production."

This marks the first overall deal for Turner, a veteran series director. For the past two years, he had a show deal for "24," serving as a producer and supervising producer.

"It helped me expand creatively and grow as a filmmaker, and on a show like '24,' you have to be a filmmaker," Turner said.

In addition to his duties on "24," for the past two years Turner was assigned to direct the important first post-pilot episodes of 20th TV's series "Prison Break" in 2005 and "Standoff" in 2006. This year, he is doing the same for the studio's new drama for Fox, "K-Ville."

Aside from "K-Ville," Turner plans to focus on "24," which, after six seasons, is going through a creative makeover.

"We want to push the show to a new level, and I think the timing is right for that," he said.

In the second year of his overall deal with 20th TV, Turner said he hopes to direct his first pilot.

Turner is repped by APA and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.
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