Vertigo Entertainment, Fox 21 ink deal

Fox's alternative arm signs overall TV pact with co.

Vertigo Entertainment has sealed an overall TV deal with Fox 21, the alternative arm of 20th Century Fox TV.

Pact is for one year, with an option for a second. It’s among the first major deals to come out of new Fox 21 president Chris Carlisle’s tenure at the shingle.

Carlisle said he’s looking to develop a wide range of projects, both scripted and nonscripted, with Vertigo.

Vertigo is particularly known for its experience in taking properties from Asia and remaking them for English-language auds (“The Departed,” “The Grudge”), especially in the suspense and horror genres.

“They’re in the feature world primarily and see a lot of projects, a lot of creative that comes their way,” Carlisle said. “A lot of those pitches might make for great TV shows. We’ve talked about a broad spectrum of show types that we could be doing together.”

Carlisle said Fox 21 is looking especially at producing more programs for cable and sees an opportunity for Vertigo there.

Vertigo VP Gabriel Mason will oversee the original series development for the shingle.

“Their intensions and hopes are similar to our brand,” Mason said of Fox 21. “We’ll be looking to our filmmaker relationships and our international relationships (in developing properties for TV). Whether movies or graphic novels, there’s a lot of material out there we want to mine.”

Vertigo had previously been set up under a TV deal at Lionsgate, where it developed projects for HBO, Lifetime and ABC.

Run by owners Roy Lee and Doug Davison, Vertigo is producing feature “The Roommate,” starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly, for Screen Gems.

Beyond Vertigo, Fox 21’s relationships include a cable pact with Brett Ratner (with 20th) and a deal with Generate. Company has also been busy doing first-look deals with writers.

“We’re really about finding idea generators and people who are experienced showrunners, as well as newcomers,” Carlisle said. “And it’s important to tap into areas of creative that are not primarily from TV. A lot of great ideas come through the hands of feature producers, and they don’t always know what to do with all of them.”

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