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Shawn Ryan departs Fox for Sony

Showrunner worked on 'Shield,' 'Unit'

Shawn Ryan is leaving his longtime home at 20th Century Fox for a new deal at Sony Pictures Television.

The showrunner leaves the West Los Angeles lot after six years. He delivered a handful of shows for the studio, but nothing as successful as “The Shield,” which, coincidentally, was produced by Sony. Airing on FX from 2002-08, it helped give the basic cabler instant credibility in the scripted game.

For his first show at 20th, Ryan exec produced three seasons of “The Unit” for CBS. Next was “Lie to Me” and, most recently, “The Chicago Code,” about the Windy City’s police force. The Fox drama hasn’t had much ratings success and is definitely on the bubble for a second season.

In between those two skeins was “Terriers,” back at FX. About a couple of hangdog investigators based in San Diego, the show was championed by critics but lacked viewership and was canceled after the first season.

Said 20th co-chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman: “Shawn is not just a gifted creator and showrunner who has developed many fantastic projects for this studio, he is also a good friend. We will miss him at 20th and we wish him nothing but the best.”

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