Fox TV stakes ‘Buffy’ runner to overall deal

Noxon to continue current duties, develop new series

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” exec producer/showrunner Marti Noxon has signed a three-year, seven-figure overall development deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Pact, which reps Noxon’s first studio development deal, calls for the scribe to remain with 20th-produced “Buffy” and continue as consulting producer of “Angel,” while also developing new comedy and drama series programming for the studio. It’s one of the few new overall TV deals to be signed this season as studios continue to seek ways to trim costs.

Dana Walden, prexy of 20th Century Fox TV, said Noxon was a “rare find” on many levels.

“She’s an incredible writer and a really lovely person to work with,” Walden said. “She’s someone who can deliver a draft (of a script) and run a show. It’s so hard to find people who can work with brilliant writers like Joss Whedon or David E. Kelley and also make their lives easier. And when you do, you pretty much want to grab them and keep them forever.”

Whedon concurred with Walden’s assessment, calling Noxon “invaluable.”

“She has a great big heart and a great big brain,” he said. “Plus, she’s insane, which you really need in a show runner. I’m desperately relieved she’s staying with us: if she tried to work with someone else, I’d probably have to challenge them to a duel — and I’m not great with pistols.”

Noxon joined UPN-based “Buffy” back in 1997, coming on board as a staff writer. She was upped to co-producer a year later, named supervising producer in 1999 and upped to exec producer/showrunner last fall.

During that time she’s penned or co-written more than 20 “Buffy” segs and directed two. She’s also contributed to “Angel,” the “Buffy” spinoff now airing on the WB.

Noxon’s film credits include the indie comedy “Just a Little Harmless Sex” and writing assignments for Warner Bros. and Universal. She’s currently writing a screenplay for producer Marc Platt.

Deal for Noxon was brokered by BKWU and Jeanne Newman. Scribe is now repped by Endeavor and Newman.

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