3 Arts crafts Fox deal

Pact calls for developing, producing series

Shingle 3 Arts Entertainment has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, tapping small-screen vet Steve Tann to serve as TV topper.

Exclusive pact calls for 3 Arts, the management/production company behind skeins including “King of the Hill” and “Carnivale,” to develop and produce comedy and drama series for all networks via 20th. It marks a homecoming of sorts for 3 Arts, which had been based at the studio for several years before going solo in 2001.

Tann will exec produce projects with 3 Arts partners Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg and Erwin Stoff.

“We’ve done business with 3 Arts for a long time, and we’ve always shared with Michael, Erwin and Howard a passion for projects that are distinctive and smart and ahead of the curve,” 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden said. “When you combine what both 3 Arts and 20th bring to the table, you’ve got an arsenal of talent that I think will add up to some pretty compelling television.”

Gary Newman, who shares the 20th prexy title with Walden, called Tann “just the kind of smart, aggressive executive you want shepherding projects from pitch to series order and beyond.”

Rotenberg said he and his partners were glad to be back in business with 20th. “In this day and age, having an affiliation with a major studio like Fox is advantageous for so many reasons,” he said. “We’re really increasing the opportunities we have to put shows on the air.”

Tann was most recently senior VP at New Line Television. He had previously been senior VP of creative affairs at Sony Television, working on projects such as “Mad About You” and “The Guardian.”

In addition to “Carnivale” and “King,” 3 Arts is a producer on upcoming NBC laffer “The Tracy Morgan Show.”