FX Networks has locked up Louis C.K.’s services as a writer and director on TV series for the foreseeable future, inking a multi-year overall deal with the hyphenate’s Pig Newton banner.
Deal with the FX Prods. unit calls for Pig Newton to develop pilots and series exclusively for FX Networks outlets, with C.K. retaining the option to write or direct any of the projects and also serve as exec producer. Blair Breard, exec producer of C.K.’s FX comedy “Louie,” will be on board as an exec producer or producer on all projects that flow through Pig Newton, as will C.K.’s management shingle, 3 Arts.
“Working with Louis C.K. has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career,” said FX Networks topper John Landgraf. “I am thrilled that our relationship with Louis and Blair Breard will continue for the foreseeable future through this deal with FXP. So many incredibly talented artists want to work with Louis and follow down the independent and idiosyncratic creative trail he has blazed. I can’t wait to see who he brings through our door, not to mention any new projects that he wants to create for us.”
C.K.’s long-term betrothal to FX Networks is notable in that the comedian was a trailblazer in taking the digital direct-to-consumer route in 2011 with his comedy special “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater,” which he marketed to fans for $5 via PayPal.
But C.K. has long been effusive in his appreciation for FX allowing him to produce his offbeat, autobiographical comedy series as he sees fit, without adhering to anything like conventional sitcom standards.
The relationship has been fruitful for both sides. “Louie” is a marquee player for FX with viewers and a perennial awards magnet. The show’s fourth season is set to bow in May, still on FX and not the recently launched FXX comedy-centric spinoff channel. The annoucenment of the Pig Network-FX Prods. pact made a point of noting that the deal does not cover future seasons of “Louie.” C.K. also retains the option of going outside FX Networks’ walls for comedy specials.
Breard came out of Gotham’s indie film world before her association with “Louie.” Her past credits as a producer or production manager include such pics as “I Shot Andy Warhol,” the C.K.-directed Chris Rock feature “Pootie Tang” and “Margot at the Wedding.” She’s an exec producer on the upcoming “Animal Rescue” starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.
C.K. and Pig Newton are repped by 3 Arts and attorneys David Weber and Tom Collier of Sloane Offer Weber Dern. Breard is with UTA.