Continuing to look outside the traditional TV development process, Fox Broadcasting Co. has inked a first-look deal with Burning Love producer Jonathan Stern and executive/producer Keith Quinn. Under the pact, Fox will have first-look rights to comedy projects developed by Stern and Quinn that are suitable for development on digital platforms, such as Hulu and Roku, with the eventual goal of becoming TV series on Fox, FX, FXX or other networks. Additionally, Stern and Quinn will provide distribution and producing services (via Stern’s Abominable Pictures) for select projects that The Lonely Island develop under their deal with Fox. “Jon and Keith have a proven track record of making outrageous digital comedy series that have graduated to successful on-air shows,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, SVP of Multi-Platform Programming for Fox.
Stern and Quinn’s collaboration began when Stern pitched Burning Love to Quinn at Paramount – the series, executive-produced by Stern, ran for three seasons on Yahoo! and then was elevated to air on E!, where it is currently in its third season. The series marked Stern’s fourth digital-to-television success, and a key project on Quinn’s successful slate at Paramount Digital. Stern, repped by Principato-Young and attorney Mark Litwak, is the Emmy-winning executive producer of TV comedies Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, You’re Whole, Newsreaders, and the upcoming Garfunkel and Oates. In digital, Stern executive-produced Yahoo’s Burning Love, Wainy Days, Horrible People, the upcoming Beef, and Hotwives of Orlando on Hulu. Quinn’s resume includes senior roles at Paramount Digital Entertainment, LivePlanet, Agility Studios, Mark Burnett Productions, and Black Lamp, inc.