Bateman gets his own room at 20th TV


Hot off his pilot directing debut with "Do Not Disturb," Jason Bateman has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the one-year pact, Bateman will develop series projects for the studio through his F+A Prods. banner, on which he will serve as producer and director.

20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman were impressed by Bateman's work on "Disturb," which went on to become the only live-action comedy pilot picked up to series at Fox.

"He did an excellent job on the pilot visually, and, as an actor, he really understands how to talk to and motivate actors," said Newman, an occasional Bateman golf partner. "Hopefully he will be a better director than golfer."

Bateman, who starred on the 20th TV-produced "Arrested Development," kept the tongue -and-cheek tone in his remarks about the pact.

"Dana and Gary have always made me feel so welcome in their house, and getting my own room now is an exciting start for F+A Prods.," he said. "Unfortunately, Gary's demanding that our first project together be a decorating trip to Ikea for a tchotchke run."

Bateman s repped by UTA and 3 Arts. (partialdiff)