Producer Bruce Margolis Inks Overall Deal at 20th TV

The TV vet's first job will be on Lee Daniels' midseason drama 'Star.'
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Bruce Margolis

20th Century Fox Television is locking down Bruce Margolis.

The veteran TV producer — who has worked on some of the studio's biggest name shows including The X-Files, Prison Break, Bones and 24 — has signed a multiyear overall deal with the studio.

His first assignment in his new role will be to serve as co-executive producer on Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy’s midseason Fox drama Star, which begins production in Atlanta this summer. Margolis had served as a production executive on the pilot.

“Bruce is an institution here at 20th, and the only thing better than having him as a production executive is to have him literally in the trenches, producing for us,” said Jonathan Davis, president of creative affairs at 20th Television. “He’s a smart, creative guy who is terrific with talent and a perfectionist when it comes to the bringing the most to the screen. He’s also beloved at this studio so we couldn’t be happier that he’ll be our line producer on Lee and Tom’s brilliant Star.”

“In my 18 years at 20th, I have been blessed to have been part of so many rewarding shows,” added Margolis. “I was able to travel the world, but the best part was always coming home to my family at the studio. This deal not only allows me to spread my wings as a producer, but to continue to work with the best executives in the business. I’m grateful to Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Jonnie Davis, Howard Kurtzman and Jim Sharp for this opportunity.”

Margolis began his career as a production assistant at Aaron Spelling Productions, eventually becoming a location manager — a role he also held with a number of production companies including Stephen Cannell Productions, CBS, Warner Bros. and Lorimar. He then took a production executive position at MTM and later landed at 20th, where he has worked for the past 18 years.

Most recently, Margolis served as senior vp production at the studio for nearly two decades. Other series under his purview included the ambitious (and short-lived) time-travel drama Terra Nova and Gordon's Tyrant, which will return with its third season this summer on FX.