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Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Renew 20th Century Fox TV Deal for 3 Years

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed a new pod deal with 20th Century Fox Television that will see the writer-producer-directors continue to develop comedy projects for the television studio under their Lord Miller banner. The new agreement extends their relationship with studio for an additional three years.

Led by the company’s head of television Seth Cohen, Lord Miller will develop projects by other writers as well. Katie Newman will continue to serve as director of development and production for the company.

Lord and Miller are responsible for three 20th-produced comedies on Fox Broadcasting — “Last Man on Earth,” “Son of Zorn,” and the upcoming “Making History.” They are also developing a series version of the podcast “Serial” for Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Phil and Chris are wildly inventive guys who revel in breaking the rules—exactly the kind of creative disruptors we champion at this studio,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEO’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “In just the past few years alone, they’ve given Fox viewers shows about the last man on earth, a cartoon warrior trying to reconnect with his teenaged son, and coming this spring, a pair of college professors creating chaos with a time machine shaped like a duffel bag. They are quite literally in a class by themselves and we love working with them. And we’re happy that we’ll continue to for many years to come.”

Lord and Miller’s film credits as writers and directors include “The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” They are next set to direct the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo anthology film, to be written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.

“We are very lucky to spend more time with the smart people at Fox. It’s been incredibly gratifying to be able to continue to grow alongside our talented colleagues at the studio that have known us for so long,” Lord and Miller said. “Gary and Dana have high standards and play to win, and that is why we keep working together. Also, the parmesan crispy cracker-bread at the fancy commissary is highly addictive and this seems to be the only way to get our fix.”

Lord and Miller are represented by United Talent Agency and Matthew Johnson and Sam Fischer at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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