Young actresses with enough experience, name recognition and chops to carry a show are always a hot commodity, especially during the highly competitive pilot season and especially when it comes down to one of the hardest casting types: a beautiful and funny twentysomething actress with star quality. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are making a preemptive strike, signing a talent deal with 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice.

Fox logo horizontalUnder the pact, the studio and network will develop joint projects featuring roles specifically tailored for her. They also will be able to have Justice guest star on existing Fox/20th TV series. The network and studio have young female ensemble horror comedy Scream Queens, and Justice’s background as a recording artist would also make her a good fit for music-fueled projects like Empire and Urban Cowboy. 

Justice has toplined her own series both on the comedy and drama side with the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and MTV thriller Eye Candy.

“We’re thrilled to bring Victoria Justice into the fold as we develop our next round of fresh, young and vibrant material that can be tailored to her distinct point of view and considerable talent,” said Sharon Klein, 20th TV’s EVP Casting. “She has an incredibly relevant fan base and major social media presence, making this a truly exciting partnership with unlimited options.”

UTA-repped Justice will next star in the indie romantic comedy Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List, which will be released September 18 on iTunes. She will also star in this fall’s high school comedy The Outskirts, opening wide November 6. Her series credits also include Zoey 101 and iCarly.