Docu, nonfiction producer to expand with shingle

Kevin Burns, a longtime TV producer on the Fox lot, has formed a new production company, Prometheus Entertainment, that will be housed within Fox Television Studios.

Burns has been a prolific producer of documentary and nonfiction fare for various Fox production entities over the past decade. With the creation of Prometheus, Burns will broaden his scope into scripted programming for Fox-owned channels as well as outside outlets. Deal was unveiled Wednesday by Fox TV Studios prexy David Grant.

Burns has focused primarily on docu and nonfiction programming since 1993, when he was tapped to head up Foxstar Prods. That unit has become a top supplier of “Biography” segs to the A&E cabler, in addition to producing a range of specs for Fox Family Channel, USA Network and other outlets.

Burns also has spearheaded the archival restoration project that has yielded an ongoing series of historical specs on the Fox studio for American Movie Classics.

Burns will continue to oversee the operation of Foxstar and its offshoots, Van Ness Films, Glen Avenue Films and Emmett Street Films, under the Fox Television Studios umbrella. But the launch of Prometheus gives Burns a chance to delve back into scripted programming.

“Prometheus will offer me a little more elbow room now that Foxstar is thriving on its own” as a docu and nonfiction arm, Burns said.

Among the projects Burns is eyeing for Prometheus is a revival of the campy Fox sci-fi series “Alien Nation” as well as a host of made-for biopics.

Scott Hartford, a producer who’s worked with Burns at Foxstar for the past three years, has been tapped as Prometheus’ director of development.

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