20th TV, Falls keeping time


Emmy-winning writer-producer Kevin Falls, creator of NBC's newly picked up drama series "Journeyman," has inked a new two-year overall deal with the show's producer 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, Falls will focus on "Journeyman," on which he will serve as executive producer/showrunner.

"Kevin's writing is beautiful. There is elegance and a subtlety to it that is very unique," 20th Century Fox TV president Dana Walden said. "He is as nice a guy as you've ever met, and he is an incredibly collaborative partner."

Falls said he is "delighted" to continue working with 20th TV presidents Walden and Gary Newman, head of drama Jennifer Nicholson-Salke and their creative and production teams.

"Every step of the way, they've been supportive," Falls said. "On 'Journeyman,' they stepped up to help Alex Graves and I make a pilot that we're especially proud of."

"Journeyman," which was directed by Graves, is described as an epic fantasy starring Kevin McKidd as a man who travels back in time to fix the lives of people in trouble.

"It came out great. Kevin McKidd is amazing, and I'm anxious to get going," Falls said.

Added Walden, "We hope that 'Journeyman' will live up to its potential, which is huge."

Falls also praised NBC for its faith in the project.

"They understood this pilot from the beginning and held me to its original vision," he said. "How often does that happen?"

Falls inked an overall deal with 20th TV in 2003, when he joined the studio's drama series "The Lyon's Den" as executive producer/co-showrunner.

He wrote and executive produced the studio's 2006 drama pilot "Amy Coyne" and most recently was consulting on "Shark," 20th TV's freshman drama for CBS.

Falls won three best drama series Emmys as part of the producing team of Aaron Sorkin's White House drama "The West Wing." His other series credits include "Sports Night," Sorkin's critically praised series for ABC, as well as HBO's "Arli$$" and the feature "Summer Catch."

He is repped by UTA and attorney Stuart Rosenthal.