'The Resident' Co-Creator Signs Overall Deal at Disney's 20th TV

Amy Holden Jones becomes the eighth creator to sign with the studio since it came into the Disney fold.
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Amy Holden Jones

Amy Holden Jones is sticking with 20th Century Fox TV.

The veteran writer-producer and co-creator of the Fox drama The Resident has signed a new overall deal with the Disney-owned 20th TV. She becomes the eighth creator to sign an overall deal with the studio since it came under the Disney umbrella as part of the media giant's $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets.

The pact runs for three years, during which Holden Jones will continue on The Resident — which has been picked up for a third season on Fox — and develop new projects.

"Amy delivered one of the most compelling procedurals on television in The Resident, and she is not done by any stretch," Jonnie Davis, president creative affairs at 20th TV, said Wednesday in a statement. "She's brimming with ideas, and we're excited to have her continued services on our series as well as her development. She's an important voice."

Said Holden Jones, "Peter Rice, Dana [Walden], Jonnie, Howard [Kurtzman] and everyone at the studio have provided me with invaluable support, combined with that rarest prize, creative freedom. I'm deeply grateful to them and to the entire team at 20th, and incredibly excited to start this new journey together."

In addition to The Resident, Holden Jones created Black Box for ABC and wrote the screenplays for Mystic Pizza and Indecent Proposal, among other features. She is repped by WME, 3 Arts and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Just since the Disney transaction closed, 20th TV has signed deals with Drew Goddard, Octavia Spencer, Liz Meriwether, I. Marlene King (who moved from Warner Bros.), Jason Winer, Nora Smith and the duo of Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The studio is also home to the likes of Seth MacFarlane, Lee Daniels and This Is Us creator Dan Fogleman.

Combined with the creative roster of ABC Studios and Fox 21, the newly created Disney Television Studios has one of the deepest rosters of showrunners in the business at a time when ownership of content is increasingly important. Disney can also deploy its roster to help supply content for its streaming service Disney+, which is set to launch in November.