“Empire” co-creator Danny Strong has just closed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Under the pact, he will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio, in addition to continuing as executive producer and frequent director and writer on “Empire,” which he developed with Lee Daniels.
“Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'” commented Dana Walden and Gary Newman, CEOs of 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Television Group. “Little did we know then that he would one day go on to co-create one of the biggest hits in the history of our studio and network, let alone the No. 1 show on broadcast television. He’s a spectacular talent who can literally do it all, and everyone — from actors and writers, to the crew and executives — loves working with him. This is a big win for our company and we couldn’t be happier personally that Danny will continue to write, direct, supervise and develop series for us for years to come.”
“Working with Dana and Gary and their entire team has been one of the best experiences of my career. Without their guidance and creative instincts, ‘Empire’ never would have made it on the air, let alone become the success that it has. I’m so honored to be in business with a company that continues to raise the bar with excellent and original programming and am looking forward to many more years with such a fantastic and talented group of people,” Strong said in a statement.
Strong is wrapping his feature film directorial debut “Rebel in the Rye,” starring Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Victor Garber and Sarah Paulson for Black Label Media, about the early years of the author J.D. Salinger and the events that led him to write his masterpiece, “The Catcher in the Rye.” He has also written “Guys and Dolls” for 21st Century Fox, with Michael Grandage directing.
Strong previously wrote the screenplay for Daniels’ “The Butler,” along with co-writing “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I and II.” He penned and produced HBO films “Recount” and “Game Change,” and will next be seen on screen in Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival.