You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Empire’ Boss Ilene Chaiken Re-Ups With 20th Century Fox Television

Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken has re-upped her overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the new multi-year deal, Chaiken will continue her duties at the helm of “Empire” and will also develop new projects for the studio.

Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. Chaiken last signed with 20th Century Fox TV in 2015, just months after “Empire” debuted on Fox.

“Ilene has done an extraordinary job running ‘Empire,’ which is not only the number 1 drama on our air, but one of the most creatively ambitious and wildly entertaining series on any network,” commented Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “She’s a talented writer who somehow manages to walk the tightrope of being both a great leader and a team player simultaneously.”

“Empire” is heading into its fourth season this fall. The family hip-hop drama, led by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, first premiered in early 2015 and quickly became the biggest hit on broadcast television in years, continuously growing its audience week-to-week in the first season. Despite a drop-off in the ratings over the years, “Empire” remains one of the top-rated shows on television. Season 3 averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers per episode. In delayed viewing, the show also remains strong, with the Season 3 finale alone growing 52% in the demo in Live+7. The series has also been nominated for Emmys, Grammys, and Golden Globes with Henson winning the best actress Globe in 2016.

Prior to taking the reins of “Empire,” Chaiken co-created Showtime’s “The L Word.” She also currently serves as an executive producer on Hulu’s critically acclaimed series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Chaiken is repped by WME and 3Arts.

More TV

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content