TV pair taps ‘Middle’ man

Regency, Fox TV ink Reid

After fending off bids from other studios, Regency Television and 20th Century Fox TV have teamed up to sign Emmy-winning “Malcolm in the Middle” vet Alex Reid to a rich two-year development deal.

Seven-figure pact calls for Reid to create, develop and write series for the studios starting this summer. He’ll also stay on board as co-exec producer of “Malcolm,” which has already been renewed for next season.

In addition, deal has a directing component that will result in Reid helming at least two episodes of “Malcolm.”

Regency prexy Robin Schwartz said interest from multiple studios made the deal “difficult” to close, but said the end result was worth it. While Regency and Reid have talked about developing projects before, scribe’s commitment to “Malcolm” never allowed for that.

This deal actually carves out time for Reid to begin working on development.

“He’s the kind of developer you hope you’re going to get on their first time out,” Schwartz said. “He has that thing no one else has anymore: All the experience you need to run a show, and yet he still has something to prove. You just know you’re going to get something really good out of him.”

Gary Newman, prexy of 20th Century Fox TV, said he and his colleagues are also “huge admirers” of Reid’s works.

“He’s been such a critical factor in the ongoing success of ‘Malcolm,’ and we’ve really been waiting patiently for his development,” Newman said.

Reid has demonstrated an ability to work with thesps during shooting, Schwartz said. As a result, “Malcolm” exec producer Linwood Boomer “wanted to give him a shot at directing.”

Reid, who’s repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency, won a writing Emmy for his “Malcolm” script dubbed “Bowling.” Seg was notable since it told the story of one night via multiple POVs, a la “Sliding Doors.”

Before joining “Malcolm” in 1999, Reid worked on laffers including NBC’s animated “God, the Devil and Bob.”