Lipkin, Burson in two-year pod deal
Fox 21 has signed a two-year overall deal with Dmitry Lipkin and Collette Burson.The husband-and-wife duo that created the HBO series “Hung” are seguing from their pact with the pay cabler, which ended in November, to a pod deal with the cable-centric arm of 20th Century Fox TV, where they will write and executive produce series and supervise other writers as well. Pact is one of the first of a string of deals being engineered this year by Fox 21 president Bert Salke, who wants to add to a lineup of in-house creatives capable of breaking through the cluttered TV marketplace. “When you look at shows like (FX’s) ‘The Riches’ and ‘Hung,’ these guys have gone outside the box with interesting characters and ideas,” said Salke. “And that’s why we think they’re the future for cable studios like us.” Fox 21 has already scored cable hits in recent months like Showtime’s highly touted “Homeland,” from the studio-signed pair of Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, and Kurt Sutter, who recently reupped on the strength of FX hit “Sons of Anarchy.” Last month, Salke also signed Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum, the scribes behind “Mission Impossible 4,” and he indicated the next entry to his growing stable–he expects to sign as many as 6-7 pod deals this year–could be locked down later this week. Burson is represented by UTA and attorney Tara Kole at Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown. Lipkin is represented by CAA and attorney Ken Richman at Hansen, Jacobson.