‘Show’ gun is getting big bucks

Hudis' prod'n pact includes blind script dev't deal

The folks at 20th Century Fox TV think “That ’70s Show” co-exec producer Mark Hudis is pretty groovy.

Studio has inked a seven-figure, two-year overall deal with Hudis to create, develop and exec produce series projects for 20th. Pact goes into effect a year from now, after Hudis finishes rendering services on “That ’70s Show,” which Carsey-Werner-Mandabach produces for Fox Broadcasting Co.

Hudis also has snagged a premium blind script commitment from 20th to develop a half-hour laffer targeted for the 2005-06 season.

“We felt passionately about being in business with Mark, and this way we don’t have to wait a whole year to do so,” 20th Century Fox TV prexy Gary Newman said.

Newman said execs at FBC “have found Mark to be a shining star” on “That ’70s Show.”

“The writers on that show are known for their ability to write to both young people and adults, and Mark was one of the key guys in the room to realizing both sets of voices,” Newman said. “We liked what he said in our meetings with him, and he’s a great person to take a shot on.”

Studio could be looking to UTA-repped Hudis to create a show that serves as either a companion to or a possible replacement for “That ’70s Show.”

Hudis has been a scribe on the sitcom since its first season. He previously wrote for CBS laffer “Cybill.”

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