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The pair behind The Last Man on Earth and Son of Zorn have signed another three-year pod deal with the studio in which they will develop, write and direct their own live-action and animation comedy projects. They’ll do so for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner.
The deal will also see the duo — who are set to direct 2018’s Han Solo spinoff movie — develop and supervise other writers’ projects. Seth Cohen, the company’s head of television, will continue to oversee all TV projects and executive produce alongside Lord and Miller, with Katie Newman serving as director of development and production.
In addition to Will Forte comedy The Last Man on Earth and live-action animation hybrid Son of Zorn, Lord and Miller have upcoming time travel comedy Making History, also on Fox. The Lego Movie directors also have a project in development at Fox 21 Television Studios based on the podcast Serial.
“Phil and Chris are wildly inventive guys who revel in breaking the rules — exactly the kind of creative disrupter we champion at this studio,” said Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman in a joint statement. “In just the past few years alone, they’ve given Fox viewers shows about the last man on earth, a cartoon warrior trying to reconnect with his teenaged son, and coming this spring, a pair of college professors creating chaos with a time machine shaped like a duffel bag. They are quite literally in a class by themselves and we love working with them. And we’re happy that we’ll continue to for many years to come.”
Added Lord and Miller in a joint statement: “We are very lucky to spend more time with the smart people at Fox. It’s been incredibly gratifying to be able to continue to grow alongside our talented colleagues at the studio that have known us for so long. Gary and Dana have high standards and play to win, and that is why we keep working together. Also, the parmesan crispy cracker-bread at the fancy commissary is highly addictive and this seems to be the only way to get our fix.”
Lord and Miller are repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.
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