Fox 21 on a bender

Shingle reups TV deal through 2008

Benderspink has renewed its TV deal at Fox 21 and signed former UTA agent Alex Kerr to run its small-screen division.

Known for features such as “The Ring” and “The Butterfly Effect,” Benderspink has been based at Fox 21 — the low-cost unit of 20th Century Fox Television — since 2004. New deal gives Fox 21 an option on Benderspink’s TV development through June 2008.

Benderspink, one of the producers on ABC Family’s “Kyle XY,” also has set up several new projects, getting into business with the CW, Spike and VH1. Company is still developing a TV take on “Butterfly” for Sci Fi via NBC U TV Studio.

As for Kerr, the former tenpercenter spent nine years at UTA, rising from trainee to TV lit agent.

More recently, Kerr spent the last two years as head of television for Tom Shadyac’s Touchstone-based Shady Acres shingle, where he developed projects for ABC, Fox and UPN/CW.

J.C. Spink said he and partner Chris Bender are counting on Kerr to raise the company’s TV profile.

“We have a decent brand on the film side, which is hard to achieve,” Spink said. “We haven’t been able to do that in television yet, and we think Alex is the guy who can do it. He brings a lot of experience as both an agent and a producer.”

In addition to hiring Kerr, Benderspink has upped Amber DeFrancis to coordinator for the TV department.

Among projects in the works at Benderspink:

  • “Dodge,” a CW horror comedy about an immortal man who battles evil. Brian Lynch is writing, with Bender, Spink and Charlie Gogolak exec producing via Fox 21;

  • For Spike, Benderspink is developing a TV take on “The Pro,” a comicbook about a prostitute superhero;

  • A scripted project at VH1 from scribe Nora Maccoby (“Buffalo Soldiers”); and

  • Company is developing scripts with Greg Widen (“Backdraft”) and Josh Heald through Fox 21. Gogolak, who exec produces “Kyle XY” with Bender and Spink, is attached as a producer on the Widen project.
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