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‘The Americans’ Pair Ink Overall Deals With FX Productions

FX Productions is adding more heft to its growing roster of talent, setting separate two-year overall deals with “The Americans” exec producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.

“Working with Joe and Joel on ‘The Americans’ has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said FX Prods. chief Eric Schrier. “Joel and Joe are two of the most talented, genuine, gracious, and hardest-working guys in the business. We look forward to creating more great programs with each of them.”

The pacts cover Weisberg and Fields’ development and services on the period spy drama that had a strong second season on the cabler earlier this year. The Amblin TV/FX Prods./Fox Television Studios series, toplined by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, has been renewed for a third season.

Weisberg (pictured left) created “Americans” and is exec producer and co-showrunner with Fields (pictured right).

Weisberg worked for the CIA in the 1990s before shifting to writing novels and working in television. Fields is a drama vet with credits ranging from TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” to FX’s “Dirt” to ABC’s “Ugly Betty.”

The two couldn’t say enough about the experience of working with FX. “I actually wanted to sign a 30-year deal, but the actuaries wouldn’t sign off on it,” Weisberg said. Fields enthused that FX execs “have taken supporting creative people to an art form.”

 

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