11:00am PT by Bryn Sandberg
Lisa Harrison Inks First-Look Deal With FX Productions, Sets Noah Hawley Drama
WME alum Lisa Harrison has found her next act.
With her newly formed Long Con Inc., the former WME agent and partner has signed a first-look producing deal with FX Productions. The deal builds on Harrison's long-standing ties with FX, as she previously worked as a comedy scout and an executive at 20th Century Fox Television. Additionally, Harrison has set her first project: a drama produced by Fargo's Noah Hawley.
Most notably, Harrison was an agent at WME, where she focused on scripted TV packaging and developing comedy talent. She left the agency after 16 years last February to travel with friends. While at WME, she played a key role in the careers of John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Alex Borstein, Julie Plec, Tracey Wigfield, Molly McNearney and Natasha Lyonne.
"I am inspired to be collaborating with my friends at FX," Harrison said Thursday in a statement. "FX is a great entertainment company, always leading with quality and thoughtfulness. I'm proud that they have included Long Con and me in their plans. I'm looking forward to collaborating with creators at all stages of their careers from various disciplines. I love working with writers, other producers, directors, animators, finding talent, IP, etc. — you never know where the next great project is going to come from."
"We are thrilled that Lisa is coming back to the production side with FXP," said Nick Grad, who serves as FX Networks and FX Productions' president of original programming alongside Eric Schrier. "She is an enormously talented television executive with a gift for finding and supporting talent. Her enthusiasm for the business and its artists is infectious, and we appreciate this chance to work together under the new deal."
The first project Harrison will develop with FX is The Body, an original drama pilot written by Quinn Shephard. Harrison and Shephard will executive produce alongside Hawley and John Cameron and their 26 Keys Productions. The Body is a small-town thriller that unravels dark secrets held by a group of female students at the local Catholic high school.
Harrison is repped by WME and attorney Patti Felker.