Condé Nast Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television for scripted series, to be developed and produced by 20th TV on the broadcast side and by its division Fox 21 in cable. This marks the first such studio arrangement for CNÉ, which made an entrance into scripted development last season with a couple of projects based on properties from its library, a drama take on Street & Smith pulp series The Avenger at The CW with Neal Baer and a crime drama at CBS based on a Glamour article with Eva Longoria producing. The partnership reunites veteran TV executives, 20th TV Chairman and CEO Dana Walden and CNÉ President Dawn Ostroff who have known each other for two decades. “Dawn’s one of the most talented executives I’ve ever worked with and is also a close friend,” Walden said. “Creating a business opportunity together now that she’s at Condé Nast– a brand we’ve long admired– was a huge priority for us both.” Added the studio’s President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis, “The publications of Condé Nast are famous for telling some of the most compelling stories imaginable.” Fox 21 President Bert Salke referred to the Condé Nast brands as being “of provocative, groundbreaking storytelling.”
So far, CNÉ has made a mark in TV on the unscripted side with three series on the air, Vanity Fair Confidential on Investigation Discovery, The Fashion Fund on Ovation and Geeks Who Drink on Syfy. That area is now being run by UTA’s Joe LaBracio. CNÉ’s partnership with 20th TV will be overseen by the company’s VP scripted TV Gina Marcheschi. CNÉ was represented in the deal by CAA and attorney Sam Fischer.