Pact calls for the pair to develop, write and direct both live action and toon comedies under their banner Lord Miller. 20th Century TV anticipates that projects will land at both broadcast nets and cablers. Duo will also develop and supervise other scribes’ projects at the studio.
Miller and Lord’s history with 20th Century Fox TV includes penning and producing for “How I Met Your Mother.” Pair co-helmed feature film “21 Jump Street,” and also co-wrote and directed “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.”
“They’re incredibly versatile and have had great success in the feature world,” said Gary Newman, chairman of the studio. “If you were to describe our studio at all, we try to think of ourselves as very artist-oriented. These guys are idea machines, and we expect them to be prolific. It’s the opportunity to create a lord and miller brand that can be its own business inside of 20th.”
Currently, Lord and Miller are directing toon pic “Lego: The Piece of Resistance.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to return to 20th Television and work with Dana and Gary who have shown excellent taste ever since they hired us 10 years ago,” said the pair. “They have created such a diverse slate of programming in both animation and live-action that we admire and hope to build upon. We were also really impressed by the studio’s proximity to Chris’ house and the pretzel-bread in the commissary.”
Miller and Lord are repped by UTA, and Matthew Johnson and Sam Fischer at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.