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Helmer Ruben Fleischer inks with 20th TV

'Gangster Squad' director to set up shingle at studio

“Gangster Squad” helmer Ruben Fleischer has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Director-producer will develop, exec produce and helm upcoming drama and comedy projects. Pod pact also includes the launch of his own production shingle (still unnamed) be based at Fox.

“He’s just a wildly inventive guy with a fresh, energetic voice,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden told Variety. “Everyone wants to work with him, so we think he can generate projects for us in both comedy and drama, network and cable. He’s the whole package.”

Fleischer’s first showbiz job was as a P.A. in the writer’s room of “Dawson’s Creek.” As he dove into Hollywood, he directed commercials and music videos before emerging as a feature film helmer with “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less.” He recently directed and produced the Warner Bros.’ period drama “Gangster Squad,” set for release Sept. 7, and is currently producing indie pic “Two Night Stand.”

“I’ve always had an intense appreciation for the energy, creativity and process of making television,” Fleischer said. “I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity.”

Fleischer’s TV presence has arisen most notably on MTV, where he’s exec produced episodes of “Fantasy Factory,” “MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge,” and “Rob & Big.”

Fleischer’s repped by UTA and attorney Warren Dern.

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