NBC alum moves to Fox
After a decade working on NBC shows, “Will & Grace” and “Friends” alum Greg Malins is headed to 20th Century Fox TV.
Malins has inked a mid-seven-figure overall deal with the studio that calls for him to join 20th’s CBS laffer “How I Met Your Mother.” He and series creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays will serve as showrunners on the skein’s sophomore season.
Two-year pact with 20th also anticipates that Malins — who just wrapped a run as exec producer on “Will & Grace” — will develop projects for the studio.
“I’ve been pursuing a deal with Greg for the last five years,” said 20th prexy Dana Walden, calling Malins equally skilled as both a scribe and a producer.
Walden said Malins will bring “a level of experience on this show that (Bays and Thomas) don’t have simply because they’re very young people.”
Goal is for Malins to work with them to achieve “exactly the right tone for the show. They’ve come pretty close so far,” she said. “Greg will then move on to development, and Carter and Craig will continue to run their show.”
Bays and Thomas said they welcomed having another hand on deck. “He’s a great writer, and any help we can get, we love,” Bays said.
Malins has experience sharing showrunner duties: He worked under a similar setup when he was exec producer of “Friends.”
While Walden had been interested in Malins for some time, “How I Met Your Mother” played a key role in the scribe signing with the studio.
“I liked the show a lot, especially the different ways they told stories,” Malins told Daily Variety. “I started angling for this job back in March. It was the only one I really wanted, so it was lucky I got it.”
Malins, repped by ICM, worked on “Friends” for six years, leaving the show in 2001 as exec producer. He then created the NBC comedy “Come to Papa” and spent the past two seasons on “Will & Grace.”
Most recently, Malins developed a half-hour comedy pilot for CBS dubbed “Sex, Power, Love & Politics.”