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20th Television Ups Casting Executive Stephanie Levinson

Stephanie Levinson continues to rise at Disney’s 20th Television. The studio’s head of casting has been upped to executive vp (she was previously a senior vp) and will take on additional duties. Levinson will oversee casting on all series and pilots at 20th TV, as well as manage the casting team and set strategy. She […]

‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Takes ILM Virtual Production Route (Exclusive)

Upcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians is taking the virtual production route. The 20th Television series, based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels, has started production in Vancouver and will be the first project to be made on Industrial Light & Magic’s newly built StageCraft LED stage, which features a 95-foot LED screen. “The story of […]

Warren Littlefield Extends Overall Deal With Disney

Warren Littlefield is solidifying his future with Disney. The former entertainment president at NBC, who steered development of hits including Friends and Seinfeld, has inked a new multiple-year overall deal with Disney that covers his production company, Littlefield Co., through 2026. This is the latest pact for Littlefield at Disney, where he has been based […]

Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Pose’ Leave Netflix to Stream on Hulu

Hulu has picked up streaming rights for Ryan Murphy’s series Pose and American Crime Story — meaning all of the producer’s shows will for FX will now live under the same streaming roof. The two shows will move from Netflix to Hulu after the former’s license for them expired. Pose and American Crime Story will […]

‘Problem With Jon Stewart’ Head Writer Chelsea Devantez Exits for 20th TV Overall Deal

The head writer for Apple TV+’s The Problem With Jon Stewart is making a home at Disney’s 20th Television. Chelsea Devantez — who also hosts the Celebrity Book Club podcast — has signed an overall deal at the studio, under which she’ll write and produce comedy projects and supervise other writers. She’ll depart The Problem […]

‘This Is Us’ Writers Land Drama, Comedy Pilots at ABC

With This Is Us heading into its homestretch on NBC, three members of the show’s writing and producing team have scored pilot orders their next projects — at ABC. Executive producer, writer and director Kay Oyegun is behind an untitled drama about a group of therapists who work together at a practice in Philadelphia. Co-exec […]

‘Family Guy’ Alum Maggie Mull Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

Writer and producer Maggie Mull, who has spent her whole career to date working on shows from 20th Television, is making a home there. Mull, who co-created the forthcoming Hulu comedy Maggie, has signed an overall deal with the Disney Television Studios unit. The multi-year deal will have Mull continuing to work on that series […]

20th TV Drama Head Michelle Mendelovitz Exiting

Michelle Mendelovitz is departing her post as head of drama development at Disney’s 20th Television. She’s slated to exit the studio at the end of January, less than two years after joining 20th from Apple. The Disney Television Studios unit has not yet named a replacement. Mendelovitz joined 20th TV in March 2020 as senior […]

‘Gentefied’ Showrunner Linda Yvette Chavez Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

Gentefied co-creator Linda Yvette Chavéz is setting up shop at 20th Television. Chavez has signed a multiyear overall deal with the Disney Television Studios unit under which she’ll develop new projects of her own and supervise other writers in shepherding both drama and comedy material. “Just take one look at the creators Karey Burke, Carolyn […]

Ryan Murphy Sets ‘American Sports Story,’ ‘American Love Story’ Anthologies at FX

Ryan Murphy may have a rich Netflix overall deal but he’s not done building his American Story franchise for Disney and FX. The prolific showrunner has set two American Story spinoffs — anthologies American Sports Story and American Love Story — at FX as the John Landgraf-led cable network is already working with Murphy on […]

‘WandaVision’ Head Writer Inks Marvel, 20th TV Overall Deal

Disney and Marvel liked what it saw from Jac Schaeffer. The WandaVision creator has inked a three-year overall deal with Marvel and 20th Television. Under the pact, she will create and develop TV projects for both Disney-owned platforms. WandaVision was Marvel’s first TV series that directly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series, starring […]

Lee Daniels Renews Overall Deal With Disney’s 20th Television

Lee Daniels is continuing his relationship with 20th Television. The Empire co-creator has renewed his overall deal with the Disney-backed studio, closing a new pact that extends his seven-year relationship with the former Fox asset. The news arrives as Daniels and his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner will return to broadcast television in the 2021-22 season […]