Fox TV inks helmer Jackson for dramas

Feature vet sez he's happy to be back in small-screen biz

Twentieth Century Fox TV has inked an overall deal with feature filmmaker Mick Jackson, who has directed such pics as “L.A. Story,” “Volcano” and “The Bodyguard.”

Jackson will develop new drama series and will consult on and possibly direct episodes of 20th Century dramas, including the upcoming ABC midseason drama “Strange World,” whose pilot he directed. He also directed the pilot for ABC’s “The Practice.”

Aside from directing films, he’s helmed TV movies and miniseries such as HBO’s “The McMartin Trial” and “A Very British Coup.” Jackson also spent many years working for the BBC doing dramas and documentaries.

“Some of the best, cutting-edge work is in TV drama,” Jackson said. “In the feature world, you can wait 20 years for someone to greenlight a movie. TV is quicker, and I get an adrenaline buzz having to work fast and fall back on my instincts.”

Jackson’s deal was orchestrated by 20th Century Fox TV president Sandy Grushow. Jackson was repped by ICM agents Paul Haas and Martha Luttrell, and attorney Mark Gochman.