Tim Roth signs holding pact with 20th TV

Pact includes first-look deal for projects developed by thesp

Former “Lie to Me” star Tim Roth may be headed back to primetime courtesy of the studio that delivered his series to Fox.

Twentieth Century Fox Television signed actor to a combo talent and development deal for TV, the studio announced Tuesday.

Pact calls for 20th to find another series vehicle for the Brit thesp, who may end up creating said vehicle himself though he could produce something in which he wouldn’t star. A Roth-fronted project could be for broadcast or cable.

The agreement does not cover film, where Roth is free to find work outside the studio.

Twentieth TV chairman Dana Walden cited her experience with Roth on “Lie” as an impetus for the deal. “He was very creatively involved in the direction of that show, with good ideas about stories and character,” she said.

Roth starred on three seasons of “Lie,” which began in 2009. He also served as a producer on the drama series.

Some development component is fairly standard in studio talent deals as an incentive to retain their exclusive acting services. Twentieth has a first-look option on projects developed by Roth.

Tim Roth was repped in the deal by CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath.

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