12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Empire' Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Renews Overall Deal With Fox
Ilene Chaiken is staying put.
The Empire showrunner has renewed her overall deal with producers 20th Century Fox Television. Under the new multiyear pact, she will continue to serve in her current position on the Fox hip-hop drama while also developing new projects for the studio.
"Ilene has done an extraordinary job running Empire, which is not only the No. 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement. "She's a talented writer who somehow manages to walk the tightrope of being both a great leader and a team player simultaneously."
The deal keeps Chaiken — who originally developed The Handmaid's Tale for television when the project was at Showtime — at the studio. Chaiken remains credited as an executive producer on the Hulu Emmy frontrunner despite no longer being involved in the drama's creative. (Bruce Miller reworked Chaiken's script for Hulu and serves as showrunner.)
Chaiken, who also created Showtime's ground-breaking drama The L Word, is repped by WME and 3 Arts.