Daniels reups at Fox TV

"King of the Hill" creator inks $1.6 mil deal

Twentieth Century Fox TV has inked a new overall deal with “King of the Hill” creator and executive producer Greg Daniels that’s worth an estimated $16 million over four years, sources said.

Daniels had a prior overall deal at the studio that ran from 1995 until August, but the writer-producer had significantly more clout in his renegotiation, given the success of Fox’s Sunday comedy “King of the Hill.”

After debuting to promising ratings in January, “King of the Hill” has consistently won its timeslot in key young-adults demos this season. The quirky animated sitcom about the Hill family in Texas is now Fox’s No. 2 series after “The X-Files.” The sitcom has averaged a 10.4/15 in homes this season, up 13% from last season, and an 8.8/19 in adults 18-49.

Before creating “King of the Hill” with Mike Judge, Daniels was a co-executive producer on Fox’s other animated hit, “The Simpsons.” Daniels won an Emmy Award for writing and producing the episode “Lisa’s Wedding.” Daniels was also an Emmy-winning writer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Daniels began his career as Conan O’Brien’s writing partner on HBO’s “Not Necessarily the News,” and he also wrote an episode of “Seinfeld” that was nominated for a Writers Guild Laurel Award.

The deal was brokered by 20th Century Fox Television president Sandy Grushow and executive VP Gary Newman. Daniels was repped by Endeavor and Howard Klein at 3Arts Entertainment.

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