Spurlock tries FtvS on for size


Documentary filmmaker/producer Morgan Spurlock has inked an overall deal with Fox Television Studios.

Under the two-year pact, he will develop nonscripted and scripted programming for television and digital platforms. The deal marks Spurlock's foray into scripted series, something he will embark upon after the end of the writers strike.

Spurlock will develop his projects through his Warrior Poets banner, working with executive vp programming David Madden, who oversees scripted programming, and Jill Schwartz, who has joined FtvS as senior vp programming development overseeing alternative fare.

"Jill and I wanted to make a statement that this studio was after adventurous material that would blur the lines between scripted and nonscripted, that would be provocative, high-profile and mess with all the rules," Madden said. "Who could be better at that than Morgan? We hope to support him doing what he's already been doing so beautifully in the personal documentary mode as well as to help him cause trouble both in the traditional narrative arena and in the world of the Web."

Spurlock, who shot to fame with his Oscar-nominated documentary "Super Size Me," created, executive produces and hosts FX's documentary series "30 Days," which tackles provocative social issues.

"As a filmmaker and producer, it's so important to me to maintain my own voice and work in an environment that encourages creative freedom and the exploration of new ideas," Spurlock said. "I've had exactly that kind of experience with FX on '30 Days,' and so I'm extremely excited now to be working with Fox TV Studios, hopefully to create the kind of unabashed programming that will move audiences and make them think."

Spurlock's latest directorial effort, the docu "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?" will premiere at this month's Sundance Film Festival and is slated to be released in the spring domestically by the Weinstein Co.

New York-based Warrior Poets' recent feature docu releases include "The Third Wave" and "What Would Jesus Buy?"

Schwartz had been a consultant for FtvS and its international arm Fox World for several months last year until coming on board as senior vp programming development in July.

She spent 10 years at FremantleMedia North America, where she oversaw production on such series as "Family Feud," "To Tell the Truth" and the first four seasons of "American Idol" and such international formats as "The Apprentice," "America's Got Talent" and "Thank God You're Here."