With his new drama “Bones” off to a meaty start, producer Barry Josephson has sealed an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
Under terms of the hefty two-year pact, Josephson will continue to be involved with “Bones” while creating new drama and comedy projects at the studio.
20th, which gets exclusive rights to Josephson’s fare, will cover the producer’s development fund; he’ll also be able to hire an exec to handle his increased load.
Josephson is already at work with scribe Barry Fanaro (“Kingpin”) adapting the U.K. laffer “New Tricks” for NBC. Project revolves around a young female detective and her three older colleagues.
Over at Fox Sports Net, Josephson and stunt coordinator Kenny Bates have come up with a motor car project that they’re developing with George Greenberg.
And Josephson has optioned the book “White House Nannies” to develop as a workplace comedy about a woman who places help into the homes of D.C.’s powerful families.
“I’ve got four development projects I’m matching up with writers right now,” Josephson said. “They’re all based on material I brought into 20th. As a nonwriting producer, I’m trying to deliver to the studio fresh ideas and interesting concepts.”
Josephson began unofficially working with 20th last season and managed to get two series on the air: “Bones,” which he exec produces with creator Hart Hanson; and the short-lived “Head Cases,” which he exec produced with Bill Chais and Jeff Rake.
“From the hiring of the director to casting to details of production, Barry was on the ball last season and impressed us,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden. “What was most impressive was Barry was willing to come into development on a case-by-case basis without demanding an overall deal or guarantee.”
Josephson said it almost felt like he was already operating under a pact, even before a deal was drawn up. He already had worked closely with 20th Century Fox on the feature side and had known Walden for years.
Josephson’s previous TV experience includes ABC’s well-reviewed but short-lived entries “Maximum Bob” and late-’90s “Fantasy Island” remake. He also exec produced Fox’s “The Tick” and UPN’s “Secret Agent Man.” Feature credits include “The Ladykillers,” “Wild Wild West,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “Ricochet.”