Net to produce projects under FTVS banner
Fox TV Studios has signed a first-look deal with Fuse Entertainment, the literary management/production company headed by Mikkel Bondesen.Fuse’s client list includes “The OC” creator Josh Schwartz, “Freaky Friday” scribe Heather Hach, “Kevin Hill” exec producer Jorge Reyes and “Zodiac” scribe-producer James Vanderbilt. Under the deal, Fuse will produce projects under the FTVS banner using its own clients as well as other scribes. In addition to the new deal, Fuse is expanding its exec ranks, tapping producer David Levine to oversee both TV and film production for the company. Richard Demato and Bethany Stirdivant also have come on board as managers. FTVS exec veep for movies and minis David Madden said the pact with Bondesen is part of the studio’s efforts to ramp up scripted series production. “We’re looking to make deals with producers who have daring, nonformulaic tastes, will fight for the projects they love and who have a diverse set of writer relationships,” Madden said. He specifically cited Bondesen’s “numerous literary clients, ambitious team of managers and executives and his connections to European source material” as drivers for making the deal. Fox TV Studios produces or co-produces scripted series such as “The Shield” and the upcoming “Thief.” Bondesen said his goal is to develop “dramatic television that is not only intelligent and full of vivid characters but appealing to a large audience as well.” Danish-born exec said the studio’s involvement in “The Shield” is one of the things that attracted him to Fox. “I like the idea of being at a studio that’s committed to making TV that has an intensity to it,” he said. Fuse’s European efforts have included a push into the Scandinavian market, where the company has secured rights to numerous films and books, including “Midsummer” (a horror pic set at Endgame) and “Oh Happy Day” for Disney. “A big part of our business will be taking proven formats from Scandinavia and bringing them to America through our deal” with Fox TV Studios, Bondesen said. As for the new execs joining Fuse, Levine is a former director of development for Konrad Pictures, where he worked on features including “Girl, Interrupted” and “Kate & Leopold.” He also served as VP of Out of the Blue Entertainment (“Mr. Deeds”) and was based at Zucker-Netter (“Heatvision & Jack”). Demato and Stirdivant were most recently at Endeavor, working as motion picture department coordinator and agent trainee, respectively. Agency also put together the deal with FTVS.