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Scott Rudin Inks Mega Multi-Year First Look Deal with Fox Networks Group

Scott Rudin is heading to TV in a big way. The prolific producer has inked a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group, Variety has learned.

The new pact with Scott Rudin Productions has Rudin developing and producing television projects for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. All projects developed for Fox will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV, and those developed for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel will be produced by FX Productions.

“Scott is an extraordinary creative producer, and we are thrilled he is choosing to bring his unique passion for storytelling and storytellers to Fox’s unique portfolio of studios and channels,” said Peter Rice, chairman-CEO of Fox Networks Group.

Rudin commented, “Peter Rice has been a close collaborator and great friend for years; I’ve had the luck of partnering with Peter on many projects — and I’ve never gone wrong following his lead. He’s put together an amazing team of executives at Fox, and I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity.”

The agreement marks a return of sorts for Rudin to Fox, as the Academy Award-winning producer held the post of president of production at 20th Century Fox Films early in his career.

Rudin, who was previously under a deal with Paramount Pictures, has been behind award-winning films “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Queen,” among others.

His television credits include HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Silicon Valley.” He’ll also serve as an exec producer on Nickelodeon’s upcoming “School of Rock.”

Rudin is repped by WME Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

Justin Kroll contributed to this report.

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