Fox TV inks Dan Sackheim

Pact includes exec producer stint on 'Lie to Me'

Director-producer Dan Sackheim has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, and he’s joined the studio’s Fox drama “Lie to Me” as an exec producer.

Sackheim has spent the past few years under an overall pact at Universal Media Studios, where he worked on Fox’s “House” and NBC’s “Life.” He previously worked on such 20th series as “The X-Files” and “Judging Amy.”

“Dan is one of those directors who not only does a great job directing episodes, but he’s a real partner to the executive producers and writers on a show,” said 20th chairman Gary Newman. “He’ll help create the consistency that we’re looking for throughout the season.”

“Lie to Me,” the Tim Roth starrer that bowed midseason, is getting a big push from Fox in the fall, landing the post-“House” Monday 9 p.m. slot. Shawn Ryan has come aboard as exec producer and showrunner for the sophomore season.

“We think ‘Lie to Me’ has fantastic potential as a franchise and we’re putting the full support of the studio behind it,” Newman said.

Sackheim said he was happy to be returning to the 20th fold, and that he was excited to work with Ryan.

“They say you can’t go home again. ‘They’ are wrong,” Sackheim said. “I can’t wait to get back to where I started my career and be working with (20th execs) Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Jennifer Salke, who are some of the best in the business.”

Sackheim is repped by Endeavor.

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