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Phillip Noyce Sets First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox Television, Hires New VP of Production

Director Phillip Noyce has signed a first look deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday.

Noyce recently directed the pilot for the Fox medical drama “The Resident,” which is set to air at midseason. He is also an EP on the show and directed the second episode of the season order as well. Noyce’s other projects with the studio include the literary soap “800 Grapes”, sold as a put pilot to ABC in partnership with writer and executive producer Julia Brownell and Temple Hill, as well as thriller “Green-Lit” from writer and executive producer Kevin O’Hare and Milo Ventimiglia’s Divide Pictures.

Noyce has previously directed pilots for NBC, Fox, Showtime, and ABC. Initiated before his deal with Fox, Noyce is also developing the classic Erich Von Daniken non-fiction book “Chariots of The Gods” from writer Joe Ahearne in partnership with Sonar and Unique Features for BBC America. He is currently finishing post-production on the film “Above Suspicion”, starring Emelia Clarke and Jack Huston, and  is developing “Killer 10,” an action-adventure Australia/China co-production written by Paul Staheli, David Schickler, and Justin Monjo. “Killer 10” will be produced in partnership with Arclight Films and Thunder Road.

In addition, Kimberly Hunt has been hired as vice president of production for Noyce’s Rumbalara Films Inc. A graduate of Purdue University Film and Video Studies, Hunt is shepherding development on cinema features “Alive Day,” written by Kathleen McLaughlin and produced in partnership with Phoenix Pictures, as well as “Rats Of Tobruk,” a World War II saga being written by Michael Petroni. Both films are to be directed by Noyce.

“Phillip has been one of our most trusted pilot directors for more than a decade, and this year he directed both the brilliant pilot of our midseason series ‘The Resident’ as well as its second episode,” said Jonnie Davis, president of creative affairs for 20th TV. “He brings out the best in his actors and his crew and he always elevates strong material into undeniable television. We’re happy to have the first look at any project he and Kimberly put together, as well as continue to utilize his services on ‘The Resident’ as an executive producer.”

Noyce is repped by WME, Fineman Entertainment, and attorney Wendy Kirk.

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