Yaitanes steering Fox's 'Drive'

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Director Greg Yaitanes has signed on as an executive producer for Fox's midseason drama series "Drive" and has re-upped his development deal with the show's producer, 20th Century Fox TV, for the 2007-08 development season.

Yaitanes directed and executive produced the pilot for "Drive" through his overall deal with 20th TV. His continuing involvement in the show is replacing his commitment to develop and direct another pilot for the studio this development cycle. Under a new development deal, which begins in May, he will work on new projects through his company, Five Past One, and will direct a pilot for 20th TV targeted for fall 2008.

20th TV president Dana Walden said studio brass had planned from the beginning to keep Yaitanes as an executive producer if a pilot he directed was picked up to series. He has stayed out of the current development cycle, keeping busy with directing episodes of the studio's drama "Prison Break" as well as "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy."

"He is a visionary," Walden said. "He's a master at capturing just the right tone and tension in the pilots he detects, keeping a keen eye on the characters and using levity when it's appropriate."

"Drive" is an ensemble drama about an underground road race across America. Yaitanes serves as executive producer on the series alongside Tim Minear and Ben Queen.

"It was a great experience," Yaitanes said of making the pilot. "We have the creative team from the pilot back and the opportunity to continue the adventure."

The pilot for "Drive" was shot during the summer and received a 12-episode midseason order in late October (HR 10/31). Several roles on the show are being recast as the characters are taken in a different direction, Yaitanes said.

Yaitanes also has directed the pilot and episodes of the Fox/20th TV drama "Bones," the Fox/20th TV pilot "Southern Comfort" and episodes of such series as Fox's "House" and FX's "Nip/Tuck."

He is repped by Endeavor and manager David Greenblatt.
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