Homeland executive producer Chip Johannessen has signed a new overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. It is a joint deal with broadcast-focused 20th TV and its cable division Fox 21 TV Studios, which produces Homeland. Under the two-year agreement, Johannessen will develop projects for broadcast and cable. He is currently working on Homeland‘s upcoming fifth season alongside exec producer/showrunner Alex Gansa, and the plan is for him to continue on the Showtime series until his development takes flight when he would leave to focus on that.
“Chip’s been on Homeland — which is coming off a mind-blowing season — since day one, and he’s been one of the key players on that series. I cannot overstate his importance to the show, to Alex, and to all of us at Fox 21 TV Studios,” said F21TS president Bert Salke. “This deal is about keeping him in the family, because we love his work on Homeland and we can’t wait to see him develop cable projects of his own creation.”
Johannessen, who was an executive producer on Fox’s 24 alongside Homeland co-creators/exec producers Howard Gordon and Gansa, served as showrunner of Showtime’s flagship drama Dexter before segueing to Homeland.
“We’ve had a long history with Chip, dating all the way back to Dark Angel and 24, said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “He’s a gifted writer, incredibly smart and he is a master with both plot and character. We know he has a big broadcast hit of his own in him.”
Johannessen is repped by ICM Partners and Myman Greenspan.