Chris Morgan is getting his film and TV business under one roof. Morgan, one of the top producers on Universal Pictures’ roster, has signed a three-year overall deal with sibling Universal Television. Under the pact, Morgan will develop and produce projects for broadcast, cable and digital platforms with the head of development for film and television at his Chris Morgan Prods., Ainsley Davies. Additionally, Morgan is expected to write new series projects.
Morgan, writer of Universal’s blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise, first ventured into television three and a half years ago with his first pilot script, Gang Related, which went to pilot and was picked up to series by Fox. That led to Morgan launching a TV division of his Chris Morgan Prods., which had been based at 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind Gang Related, for the past three years.
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“Having worked on the feature side at Universal for the last 12 years, I feel it is an incredible opportunity to have my television deal at Universal TV with Bela and her incredibly talented creative group,” Morgan said. “My Head of Development, Ainsley Davies, and I are really looking forward to doing strong, daring, audience-pleasing work on the network and cable fronts, and are excited to dive in this coming season.”
Morgan has written the third through the upcoming eighth installments of Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise, executive producing the last three. Additionally, along with Alex Kurtzman, Morgan oversees Universal’s upcoming tentpole monster franchise rebooting classic monsters, which kicks off with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise.
Like on the feature side, Morgan is expected to focus on commercial projects with global appeal in TV. “Action, horror and sci-fi are incredibly close to my heart, they tend to resonate in everything I do,” he said. Morgan and Davies are looking to cross-pollinate between film and television, possibly bringing Universal feature properties to TV. The two also are planning to bring in feature writers in addition to working with the writers on the Universal TV roster.
“Chris Morgan has an incredible track record of success, as evidenced by his work on the Fast franchise and other important projects at Universal Pictures,” Universal TV President Bela Bajaria said. “We are thrilled to extend that relationship through a new deal at Universal TV, and we can’t wait to work with Chris on developing big, commercial hits for the small screen.”
Morgan is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Jeff Frankel.
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