Sure, hardly anyone watched.
But Fox reality show “On the Lot” nonetheless crowned a winner in August, and DreamWorks just made good on its promise to set champ Will Bigham up with a $1 million development deal.
The writer-director from Texas inked a two-year exclusive pact with the studio and promptly moved into his new digs in the Amblin facility at Universal, just a few hundred yards from Steven Spielberg‘s workspace.
Under his deal, Bigham enjoys a discretionary fund, a staff of one — creative exec Justin Sheehy — and a mandate to find and develop young writers through his new shingle, dubbed Shamrock Motion Pictures.
Too bad writers are on strike, and Bigham has to cross picket lines to get to his office.
“It is kind of strange, but I am abiding by all of the WGA rules,” he says. “I’m not coming to work as a writer but as a producer and director trying to find material in books and articles.”
In the meantime, Bigham is filling his schedule with the time-honored Hollywood tradition of doing lunch.
“Justin and myself are out there looking to meet the town,” he says.
In fact, it will be hard for the Florida State alum to top a “mind-blowing” first day on the job lunch with Stacey Snider, Adam Goodman and Spielberg.
And though “On the Lot” was a ratings debacle, Bigham says there’s an upside to the show’s low visibility.
“I wish it had gotten better ratings just for the sake of the producers,” he says. “But I’m glad I didn’t walk out of there with Clay Aiken fame. I can go to Disneyland with my family and have a somewhat normal day.”