You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Inks Mega-Deal With Disney’s 20th TV

“This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman has signed a massive five-year overall deal that will keep him in the fold at 20th Century Fox Television.

Sources tell Variety that the pact is worth somewhere in the $125 million range. Under the new deal, Fogelman will continue to develop drama, live-action and animated comedy projects. Fogelman previously signed a four-year deal with the TV studio in 2015, following a bidding war after his exit from ABC Studios.

The transaction, brokered by WME, is also understood to involve a separate deal involving accelerated payments of Fogelman’s profit participation stake in “This Is Us,” which 20th TV produces for NBC, that could be worth as much as nine figures over time.

Fogelman was hotly pursued by numerous heavy hitters, but is said to have favored staying with 20th TV because of his close relationship with Dana Walden, who now oversees ABC and Disney Television Studios which encompasses 20th TV. It’s understood that 20th TV stepped up with a creative proposal for an extremely lucrative deal that made it an easy decision for Fogelman to stay.

Industry sources say a multi-year renewal for “This Is Us” is also in the works. The show, now wrapping up its third season, is rumored to be eying a six-season run, based on a comment made by co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker.

“I continue to be so grateful to my incredible partners at 20th – Peter Rice, Dana Walden, Jonnie Davis, Howard Kurtzman and every single person at the studio whom I’ve been fortunate enough to work with these past four years. It has been the best partnership of my career, I’ve never felt so supported, and I am beyond excited to begin this next chapter at Disney,” said Fogelman.

Fogelman’s deal is the latest in a glut of overalls which have been announced by Twentieth TV since the Disney merger just over a month ago. The eight other creatives who have signed overalls since Disney took the reins are Liz Meriwether, Drew Goddard, Jason Winer, Octavia Spencer, Nora Smith, Jake Kasdan & Melvin Mar, Marlene King, and Amy Holden Jones.

Other than “This Is Us,” Fogelman’s TV creations include the Fox drama “Pitch,” the cult-favorite musical fantasy series “Galavant,” ABC’s “The Neighbors,” and “Like Family,” which aired for one season on the WB.

Dan Fogelman is everything you could want in a creator — inventive, collaborative, wise, funny, unbelievably talented and improbably humble,” said Walden. “He has devoted his heart and soul to every perfect episode of ‘This is Us.’ He deserves every bit of the success he’s enjoying right now and Craig, Jonnie, Howard and I consider ourselves lottery winners to be in business with him.”

On the film side, Fogelman wrote, directed and produced last year’s “Life Itself,” which starred Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde. His 2015 directorial debut, “Danny Collins,” featured Al Pacino in the title role.

Fogelman’s feature career began in animation, penning the screenplays for “Cars,” “Bolt” and “Tangled.” He got his start in Hollywood writing 60-second celebrity bios on the TV Guide Channel.

In addition to WME, Fogelman is repped by attorney Bruce Gellman of Hansen Jacobson.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

More TV

  • keeley-hawes-starring-netflix-film-rebecca

    Keeley Hawes to Star in and Produce Honor-Killing Drama for ITV

    Keeley Hawes will star as a detective attempting to bring a group of killers to justice in the wake of a so-called honor-killing in “Honour.” The two-part drama is based on the real-life case of Banaz Mahmod, a young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. It is [...]

  • Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC,

    Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC, Smithsonian on Natural History Series ‘Stormborn’

    Love Nature has greenlit “Stormborn,” a wildlife series about animals living in the wildlands of countries on the edge of the North Atlantic. The three-parter will bow on Love Nature’s 4K linear channel and streaming service and then play on Arte in France and Germany, BBC Scotland and Smithsonian Channel. Love Nature is the natural [...]

  • john-farrar-joins-barcroft

    Barcroft Studios Hires John Farrar as Creative Director, Ups Two Execs (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Farrar, whose credits include “The Imposter,” has joined U.K. producer and digital content specialist Barcroft Studios. The company has also upped two senior staffers, with Alex Morris elevated to chief creative officer and Caspar Norman to chief operating officer. The new recruit joins Barcroft from Nerd TV, the U.K. shingle he co-founded with Jago [...]

  • Mary J. Blige and Rihanna

    Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With BET Lifetime Achievement Award

    Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.” Accepting the trophy, Blige [...]

  • Offset, Takeoff and Quavo of MigosBET

    BET Awards' Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle

    The 2019 edition of the BET Awards doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. In honor of the man affectionately known as “Nip,” the carpet was colored blue. “The marathon continues” was a common refrain on the carpet (as [...]

  • Cardi B accepts the album of

    BET Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

    The 2019 BET Awards kicked off with a performance by Cardi B, who came into the night leading with 7 nominations and, not surprisingly, picked up the award for album of the year for her “Invasion of Privacy.” Other top nominees included Drake with 5, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. [...]

  • Norah O’Donnell Photoshoot for NIH Magazine.

    CBS Plots July Debut for 'Evening News' With Norah O'Donnell

    In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at “CBS Evening News” – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own. CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled “CBS Evening News” anchored by O’Donnell on July 15th, part of the network’s ambitious plans to overhaul its morning and evening [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content