'Lost' producer Pinkner joins Fox's 'Fringe'


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"Lost" executive producer Jeff Pinkner has been tapped to run "Fringe," Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Meanwhile, Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme has come on board to direct and executive produce "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," Tom Wheeler's drama pilot for ABC.

On the Warner Bros.-produced "Fringe," Pinkner will serve as exec producer/showrunner. The project centers on FBI agent (Anna Torv), who teams with a guy (Joshua Jackson) and his scientist father (John Noble), to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena.

Endeavor-repped Pinkner's relationship with Abrams extends beyond serving as exec producer/writer on "Lost," Abrams' ABC series. He also served in the same capacity on Abrams' "Alias," also for ABC.

"Atlas," from WBTV, centers on a young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world. Schlamme will exec produce the pilot with Wheeler. Endeavor-repped Schlamme most recently directed "Life on Mars," David E. Kelley's pilot for ABC.