Frank Spotnitz, the horrormeister behind “The X-Files” and “Night Stalker,” has scared up a new seven-figure overall deal at Touchstone Television.
Pact kicks in this summer and runs through 2008. It continues a relationship that began in 2004, when Spotnitz left longtime home 20th Century Fox TV to set up his Big Light Prods. on the Touchstone lot.
Jana Fain remains as director of development for the company.
Spotnitz was a central creative force on Chris Carter’s “The X-Files,” working on the show from its second season through its ninth year in 2001. He wrote dozens of episodes and co-wrote the story for the “X-Files” feature, also collaborating with Carter on the skeins “Millennium,” “Harsh Realm” and “The Lone Gunmen.”
More recently, Spotnitz worked with Michael Mann on the CBS cop drama “Robbery Homicide Division.”
While “Night Stalker” was a ratings disappointment, lasting just a few months last fall on ABC, Spotnitz said his experience working with Touchstone on the skein was still positive.
“It’s always painful when your show gets canceled, but they were extremely supportive creatively and tried to give the show all the resources they could,” Spotnitz said. “When the seas get choppy, you want to have the studio on your side, and they were. I wasn’t eager to switch horses.”
Touchstone and ABC are still serving up episodes of “Night Stalker” on Apple’s iTunes, and the entire run of the series has been sold to Sci Fi for airing this summer.
Endeavor-repped Spotnitz is already mulling his next series project but declined to give details.
Outside his Touchtone pact, Spotnitz and ex-“X-Files” mate Vince Gilligan are working on the Spike TV four-hour event skein “Amped” (Daily Variety, Nov. 17).