Emmy-winning helmer Ken Kwapis (“The Bernie Mac Show”) has inked an exclusive two-year development and directing deal with Regency Television.
The seven-figure pact calls for Kwapis to develop both primetime dramas and laffers for the studio. He’ll also continue to direct Regency projects.
“Bernie Mac,” debuting this year from Regency and 20th Century Fox TV, was one of this season’s few success stories. Next fall, Fox will launch a Wednesday companion for it, an effort to be headlined by Bernie Mac’s comedian buddy, Cedric the Entertainer.
While under the Regency roof, Kwapis said he hopes to advance the single-camera comedy format, notably employed by Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” which he has directed.
Kwapis also is penning “Follow That Flag!,” an HBO original movie musical following America’s Communist hysteria during the 1950s.
Recent TV credits for Kwapis include helming the Regency/Warner Bros. pilot “Aces” for the WB and NBC’s pilot for “Watching Ellie.” As part of a past one-year deal with Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, Kwapis helped launch Fox’s “Grounded for Life,” now headed into its third season. He also directed the pilot for HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Kwapis is repped by Writers & Artists Agency.