Longtime partners prep ABC's 'Parents,' Netflix revival of 'Arrested'
Imagine TV prexy Francie Calfo echoed Grazer’s sentiment. “At a time when the business is changing at such a rapid pace, it’s really refreshing and comforting to have a relationship that has bred so much success and respect,” she said. Among the other shows Imagine and 20th have fielded during the past dozen years are Fox’s “Lie to Me,” CBS’ James Woods starrer “Shark” and NBC’s “Miss/Match.” Newman said Imagine’s focus on innovative concepts and high-profile talent has been a plus for the studio. “They are not about volume and never have been,” Newman said. “Brian and Ron tend to be attracted to things that feel unique and distinctive. They’ve never once come to us and said ‘Look at the success this network is having with such and such show. Why don’t we try to do our version of it.’ They bring us distinct voices like Sam Baum (of ‘Lie to Me’) and Mitch Hurwitz (‘Arrested Development’).” There’s also an intangible element to the partnership that can’t be discounted, Newman added. “I’m not sure there’s anyone in this industry who’s more fun to have lunch with than Brian Grazer,” he said.