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A day after the Disney-Fox deal closed, the combined company has made its first joint announcement: Drew Goddard is returning to Disney and its newly acquired 20th Century Fox TV studio.
The Daredevil and Lost executive producer has signed what sources describe as a four-year, eight-figure overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Goddard will write, create, direct and develop new projects for the studio for all platforms. The deal is effective immediately and arrives as the studio this week transferred over to Disney as part of its $71.3 billion Fox buy.
Goddard, who most recently executive produced and directed NBC’s breakout Mike Schur comedy The Good Place, was instrumental in launching ABC Studios’ suite of Netflix Marvel shows and co-created Daredevil and The Defenders. Goddard in 2014 handed over showrunning duties to Steven S. DeKnight after the former segued to writing and directing Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six. (The offshoot remains in development.)
The writer-producer-director started his career in television, working on such series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias and Lost. (He also reunited with Buffy and Angel boss Joss Whedon for a cameo in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog). More recently, Goddard has been focused on film with credits that include Bad Times at the El Royale, the Cloverfield franchise, The Martian and World War Z.
The established film and TV multihyphenate joins ABC Studios at a time when competition for proven showrunners has hit a fever pitch as traditional outlets battle streamers for top talent. Goddard joins producers like Carlton Cuse and 20th Century Fox TV imports like Lee Daniels, Matt Reeves, Dan Fogelman, Seth MacFarlane and Steve Levitan, among several others.
Goddard is the latest showrunner to land a rich overall deal. Universal TV re-signed The Good Place creator Mike Schur to a five-year, nine-figure pact after losing Mindy Kaling to Warner Bros. TV (where she signed a six-year, eight-figure overall deal). Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan also moved her overall deal from 20th TV to Universal TV.
Goddard is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
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