'The Americans' Bosses Ink Overall Deals at FX

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Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields

Creator Joe Weisberg and executive producer Joel Fields have signed two-year pacts.

FX is sticking with the team behind The Americans.

Creator/executive producer Joe Weisberg and writer/executive producer Joel Fields have signed two-year overall deals at FX. Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, presidents of original programming at FX and FX Productions, announced the news Tuesday.

Through the pact, Weisberg and Fields will continue to oversee The Americans, renewed for a third season in April, while developing other projects for TV.

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“Working with Joe and Joel on The Americans has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Schrier in a statement. “Joel and Joe are two of the most talented, genuine, gracious, and hardest-working guys in the business. We look forward to creating more great programs with each of them.”

Weisberg and Fields join a slew of production deals already in place for FX Productions, which include pacts with Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, RCG Productions (the company from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton), Archer's Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, Louis C.K., Sacha Baron Cohen and Paul Giamatti, among others.

“I actually wanted to sign a 30-year deal, but the actuaries wouldn’t sign off on it,” said Weisberg. “FX is an unusual and special place. They put so much time and effort into supporting you, you forget you’re working for them. These last five years, the network has become a real professional home for me. Getting to work with people that I believe in, respect, and just flat-out like this much is an incredible gift. I look forward to telling many more stories together.”
The Americans is such a gratifying experience creatively and personally,” added Fields. “I feel so lucky to have found a great friend and partner on the show in Joe Weisberg and to be working with John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Nick Grad and their phenomenal team at FX, who have taken supporting creative people to an art form. I look forward to continuing our work together on The Americans and to developing some terrific new material with them as well.”

Weisberg previously worked at the CIA in the early 1990s, before penning novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was also a staff writer on TNT's Falling Skies.

Fields previously was an executive producer on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, ABC's Ugly Betty and FX's Dirt. A playwright, Field's other TV writing credits include Raising the Bar, Commander in Chief and Over There.

The Americans is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich. Graham Yost executive produces, along with Amblin TV's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

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