'Terra Nova' exec producer inks two-year deal

“Terra Nova” showrunner Rene Echevarria has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Pact will keep Echevarria as exec producer and showrunner of prehistoric drama “Terra Nova,” set to bow on Fox in September. He will also develop other projects after the launch of “Terra Nova,” which also counts Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin as exec producers.

The new deal reunites Echevarria with 20th Century Fox TV toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Back in 2001-02, they installed him as exec producer on another Fox series that parallels “Terra Nova” in certain respects: the James Cameron-produced actioner “Dark Angel.””Dana and Gary gave me lot of support on ‘Dark Angel,’ which was also a big production with a lot of stunts and visual effects,” he said. “It was also shot in a foreign land with a big movie name attached.”

Newman said Echevarria is perfect for “Terra Nova.” “This is a big show with more special effects than anyone has ever tried to do on television before,” he said. “It takes someone with extraordinary management skills, and that’s one of the things that attracted us to Rene.”

Echevarria has a long history of successful TV projects with sci-fi elements going back to “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” where he got his start. He moved on to handle exec producer duties for “The 4400,” “Medium” and the upcoming MTV series revival of “Teen Wolf.”

Echevarria’s last overall was at ABC Studios, where he reteamed with Cameron to develop a smallscreen adaptation of feature film “True Lies.” He also served as exec producer on ABC drama “Castle” for a time.

Production challenges prompted Fox to postpone “Terra Nova,” which was originally slated to debut this month. But the extra time will make the series worth the wait, promised Echevarria. “It’s going to be terrific,” he said. “We’re really excited that we’ve got something that’s going to blow people’s socks off.”

Echevarria is repped by WME and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.

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