'Big C' showrunner looking to develop comedy, drama projects
Jenny Bicks has pacted with Twentieth Century Fox TV for an exclusive two-year overall deal with the studio.Seasoned TV scribe, who is wrapping up her two-year Sony contract, has flexed her creative muscles in both comedy and drama, most recently showrunning Showtime’s Laura Linney laffer “The Big C,” which is entering its final season. Bicks was also exec producer on HBO’s hit “Sex and the City,” where she earned an Emmy and Golden Globe, as well as ABC’s “Men in Trees” and NBC’s “Leap of Faith.” 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden told Variety she hopes Bicks will deliver “a big fat hit.” Walden, a longtime fan of Bicks’ work, said “when starting with a female showrunner you’re instantly infusing a series with a female point of view,” but you would never “put a writer in a box” and expect the scribe to exclusively pen femme-skewing projects. “I’m very excited to have another high-level female writer in an overall deal with the studio. We’re trying to create an environment for writers where there isn’t a mandate to develop one type of show or a show for one broadcaster,” Walden continued. “I loved the work Jenny did on ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Men in Trees.’ We’re hoping she’ll bring her unique brand of both comedy and drama to the studio. We’re looking for her to develop what she’s passionate about.” Bicks also recently completed bigscreen musical “Barnum,” starring Hugh Jackman. Bicks is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.