Levitan, Fox ink exclusive 4-year pact

Steven Levitan, executive producer of the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me,” has signed an exclusive, four-year development deal with 20th Century Fox.

Levitan’s deal with 20th kicks in in June 1998, but he’ll remain at the helm of Brillstein-Grey’s “Just Shoot Me” until early 1999. At that point, he’ll have the option to serve as a consultant on “Just Shoot Me” for another 2-1/2 years.

Sources say Brillstein-Grey made a bid for Levitan, but 20th president Sandy Grushow ultimately signed him with a deal worth about $4 million a year. Twentieth has worked hard to bulk up its stable of comedy talent the past couple of years.

In addition to executive producing “Just Shoot Me,” Levitan was executive producer of the last eight episodes of NBC’s “Men Behaving Badly,” which his reps say helped the show get renewed next season.

In 1995, Levitan was a co-executive producer of NBC’s “Frasier.” He also was a co-executive producer on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” and he began his career in 1991 as a staff writer on NBC’s “Wings.” Levitan is repped by Sam Fischer of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer and Jay Sures of UTA.

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