Fox, G-J review prod’n pact
After three years on the Fox lot, the Greenblatt-Janollari Co. could soon be on the move.
The indie company’s five-year production deal with Fox TV Studios is coming up on a window that would allow either side to opt out of the pact, and according to several industry insiders, odds are no better than 50-50 that G-J will stay put.
A key talking point in the ongoing dialogue between FTVS topper David Grant and G-J execs Bob Greenblatt and David Janollari is how much product G-J produces for Fox Broadcasting Co. Both sides seem to agree on the need for more synergy between the studio and the web; the question is how to accomplish that without making either feel unduly pressured.
Still, one source close to the talks insisted that how much G-J produces for Fox is not an issue in the conversations.
All of G-J’s series to date have been for other webs: The studio’s biggest hit, “The Hughleys,” started out at ABC and will head to UPN next fall. NBC has picked up “News From the Edge” for midseason, while HBO has ordered an Alan Ball-produced pilot called “Six Feet Under.” G-J also did “Oh Grow Up” for ABC and “To Have and to Hold” for CBS.
With the fate of the G-J/FTVS relationship up in the air, other suitors have emerged. Warner Bros. Television and Sony have expressed interest in doing a deal with the studio, according to insiders.