20th TV inks lawyer-scribe

Writer will join 'Cracking' as co-exec producer

Lawyer-turned-scribe David Hemingson (“Just Shoot Me”) has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Hemingson will create, develop and exec produce new series projects for the studio under the pact, which carries an option for a third year. In addition, as part of the deal — Hemingson’s first-ever studio pact — scribe will join the staff of 20th’s midseason laffer “Cracking Up” as co-exec producer.

Mike White is creator/exec producer of “Cracking Up,” which debuts on Fox this winter.

Gary Newman, prexy of 20th TV, said signing Hemingson was part of the studio’s strategy of taking chances on younger talent as well as highly seasoned scribes (think Steve Levitan).

“Our strategy is to look for the best creative talent we can find at any level,” Newman said. “With Dave, we were incredibly impressed by his intelligence, his sense of humor and his understanding of and point of view toward developing TV shows.”

Newman added that Hemingson’s “reputation and work ethic on shows he had worked on was outstanding.”

It also didn’t hurt that before getting into the writing business in the mid-1990s, Hemingson was a practicing entertainment attorney with an undergrad degree from Yale– a background he shares with Newman.

In addition to serving as co-exec producer of NBC’s “Just Shoot Me” for the past three years, Hemingson has written for “Jesse” and spent two seasons on “For Your Love.” He got his showbiz start writing for Disney’s toon unit and cult classic “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.”

“Lawyers are really despicable characters, so it allows us lots of great insights into the human character,” Hemingson quipped.

Scribe said he was excited about working with White and was looking forward to eventually developing his own projects for 20th toppers Newman and Dana Walden.

“In meeting with different people and studios, Gary and Dana were so accessible creatively and had a vision to which I responded organically and automatically,” Hemingson said.

“Our flaws are the basis of all good comedy,” he said. “I’m hoping I can bring some flawed, intelligent characters to television.”

Hemingson’s deal was brokered by Matt Solo and attorney Marc Rindner.