After stints at The Simpsons and The Office, Daniel Chun is embarking on development with a two-year overall deal at ABC Studios. The seven-figure pact, which will start in the summer, was made in a competitive situation, with ABC going agressively after the sought-after writer-producer. “Danny is multi-talented in that he’s not only a fantastic writer but a terrific producer,” ABC Studios’ SVP and head of creative development Patrick Moran said. “We’re continuing to strengthen our comedy roster, and getting Danny to add his unique voice to our team is a real coup for us.”
Before segueing into his ABC Studios deal, Chun will finish up his duties on The Office through the end of the season and will make his directing debut with an episode of the Emmy-winning comedy this spring. While studying biological anthropology at Harvard, Chun honed his comedy writing skills at the famed Harvard Lampoon. After a year in Hollywood working odd jobs and writing as much as possible, Chun landed a job in 2003 on The Simpsons where he spent more than six years, rising to co-executive producer. He then started pondering a switch to live-action comedy and got a gig on his favorite non-animated series, The Office, where he has been for the past three years. “I am humbled by ABC’s commitment, and my goal is to earn back their investment thousandfold, every second, until the end of time,” Chun said of his ABC deal. Chun has three active feature projects, including a blind script at Warner Bros, is with UTA and Price Management.