EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of getting renewals for its series Hannibal on NBC and Hemlock Grove on Netflix, Gaumont International Television has signed a deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. Under the agreement, Gaumont and Fox will jointly develop two drama projects with at least one of them guaranteed to receive a 13-episode, straight-to-series order. The pact reunites GIT CEO Katie O’Connell with Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, who appointed her as head of drama at NBC seven years ago, and with Fox’s head of drama Terence Carter, who was member of O’Connell’s team at NBC.
GIT, the U.S.-based TV production arm of European film studio Gaumont, went 2-for-2 with its first two original series, Hemlock Grove and Hannibal, both going to a second season. Additionally, GIT’s upcoming Barbarella series has been picked up by Canal Plus and will be shopped to U.S. networks shortly. The company also has series Narcos, about notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, in the works at Netflix. Fox has drama momentum with one of the strongest new series last season, The Following.