“Still Standing” scribe Ben Wexler is sticking with 20th Century Fox TV.
Wexler has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the studio, which has an option to hold on to him for a third year. Pact covers Wexler’s series services on “Still Standing” as well as any potential development.
Scribe will serve as co-exec producer on the upcoming third season of the hit CBS family laffer — upped from supervising producer last season — and work under showrunner-exec producers Joey Gutierrez, Diane Burroughs and Tim Doyle. Should Gutierrez and Burroughs choose to focus on development down the road as part of their just-inked deal (Daily Variety, July 7), Wexler is seen as a possible replacement for the showrunner gig.
Dana Walden, prexy of 20th Century Fox TV, said her top current programming execs have praised Wexler’s “contribution to ‘Still Standing’ as a tremendously talented draft writer who is not only very funny but is also a gifted storyteller.”
“That’s a rare combination and one that is extremely valuable to us,” Walden added. “Given what an important asset the show is to this studio, it was a no-brainer to make sure that we keep Ben on board for years to come, as well as have the opportunity to develop with him.”
Wexler, 33, welcomed his first baby into the world a week ago, and the scribe said that event will no doubt have an impact on his story ideas for next season.
“Now that I’m changing diapers and getting pooed on, I have a better perspective on what the show’s about,” he told Daily Variety. “I’ll probably be pitching a lot of diaper stories.”
Chi native Wexler said the fact he, Gutierrez and Burroughs are all Windy City natives contributed to his decision to remain with “Still Standing.”
“It’s just a nice, comfortable place, and we seem to be hitting our stride now,” he said. “I’m glad to be able to stay — and get a raise in the process.”
Endeavor-repped Wexler has been with “Still Standing” from the show’s start. Before that, he’d been a writer on “King of Queens” and NBC’s Fred Savage starrer “Working.”
He’s also a regular performer with the monologue group Sit & Spin.