EXCLUSIVE: Former Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins has signed a new overall deal with Universal Television to develop projects for the studio and work on existing series. Hudgins has a longtime association with Uni TV-based FNL developer/executive producer Jason Katims. Hudgins worked on FNL for entire run of the series, serving as co-showrunner with Katims on the final season, which earned four Emmy nominations, including best drama series, and won 2: best drama writing for the Katims-penned series finale and best actor in a drama series for Kyle Chandler. For the last two seasons, Hudgins has served as a co-executive producer on Katims’ latest series, NBC’s Parenthood. Under his new deal, Hudgins could work for Parenthood or Katims’ new drama County if they are renewed/picked up to series.
This past development season, Hudgens wrote a U.S. adaptation of praised Danish drama Borgen for NBC and Uni TV, which he executive produced with Katims. “Hudgins has been an asset on our shows crafting interesting characters and compelling stories,” Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “This year, he wrote a great drama for NBC.” UTA-repped Hudgins previously created Fox’s short-lived drama Past Life and worked on the WB drama Everwood.