Empire co-creator Danny Strong has closed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the hit Fox drama series. Under the pact, Strong, who co-created Empire with Lee Daniels, will continue to work on the series as executive producer and frequent director and writer. He also will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio.
“Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Little did we know then that he would one day go on to co-create one of the biggest hits in the history of our studio and network, let alone the No. 1 show on broadcast television. He’s a spectacular talent who can literally do it all, and everyone—from actors and writers, to the crew and executives- loves working with him. This a big win for our company and we couldn’t be happier personally that Danny will continue to write, direct, supervise and develop series for us for years to come.”
In addition to his duties on Empire, which will return for a third season next fall, Strong is wrapping his feature film directorial debut Rebel in the Rye, starring Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Victor Garber and Sarah Paulson for Black Label Media about the early years of the author J.D. Salinger and the events that led him to write his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye. He’s also written Guys and Dolls for 21st Century Fox, with Michael Grandage (Genius) directing.
Before Empire, Strong wrote the screenplay for Lee Daniels’ The Butler. He also co-wrote Lionsgate’s tentpoles The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I and II.
After establishing himself as an actor, Strong’s first script was Recount which was voted #1 on the Hollywood Blacklist. It became an HBO film, followed by Game Change, both winning multiple Emmys.
Strong is repped by law firm Jackaway Tyerman, CAA, and The Gotham Group.