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‘Malcolm’ muscle

Sitcom helmer inks with Regency, Fox

Emmy-winning helmer Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is in final negotiations for a new two-year overall deal with Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television.

Mid-seven figure pact calls for Holland to create, develop, exec produce and direct new projects for both studios. He’ll also continue his role as exec producer and helmer on “Malcolm.”

Holland had been based exclusively at Regency for the past three years, inking a one-year pact with the studio in 1999 and a two-year deal in 2000.

With all of Holland’s recent projects being shared with 20th, both studios figured it made sense to split the new deal with the helmer.

Regency Television prexy Pete Aronson said Holland has been a perfect fit for the studio.

“He brings a real creative vision and style from the director’s chair, and he likes to do things that are a little off-center and strange,” said Aronson, whose first major act upon arriving at Regency was signing Holland to a long-term deal.

Twentieth Century Fox TV topper Dana Walden echoed Aronson’s comments. “He has really been at the top of every director list we’ve put together for the last four pilot seasons,” she said. “He’s a great developer because he understands how to work with writers to get scripts where they need to be.”

Holland said he’s already busy working on projects for next season, pairing with 20th-based scribe Bryan Fuller (NBC’s upcoming “Carrie”) on a project that’ll be shopped to networks soon.

Helmer said the joint deal with Regency and 20th “ended up being a perfectly organic fit.”

“Regency has been my home from the beginning (because) they really support the artist,” Holland said. “They bring me the most interesting material you can imagine, wait for me to spark to it and then support your vision. They’re like the HBO of studios.”

As for 20th, “I adore (studio toppers) Gary Newman and Dana Walden,” he said.

Holland has won Emmys for his work on “Malcolm” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Deal for Holland was brokered by Endeavor and Tom Hansen.

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