EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Television is staying put at 20th Century Fox TV but its president David Nevins is exiting after 8 years. Nevins’ contract was up and I hear he couldn’t come to an agreement with the studio, which pays for Imagine TV’s overhead. There had been rumblings for the past couple of months about the future of Nevins at Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine TV, which he joined as president in 2002. The company had a solid upfront showing, securing two key renewals, for freshman Parenthood and sophomore Lie To Me, and landed one new series, Friends With Benefits on NBC. (Imagine has one more series on the air, DirecTV/NBC’s Friday Night Lights). Nevins’ deals with 20th TV were usually made at the time of Imagine TV’s renewals. I hear Imagine TV was just picked up for another two years, but after coming close to a new contract with 20th TV, Nevins and the studio ultimately couldn’t agree on terms. I also hear Nevins already has a new gig lined up but will stay on at Imagine, which he is leaving on very good terms, to help with the transition.
Nevins joined Imagine in 2002 after spending 10 years as a programming executive at NBC and Fox, rising to EVP programming at Fox. At Imagine, he also oversaw such series as 24 and Arrested Development.