Respected production executive Bruce Margolis who recently left 20th Century Fox TV after 18 years, taking the voluntary buyout offer to become an independent producer, is returning to the studio with an overall deal. Margolis’ first assignment is to serve as co-executive producer on Lee Daniels’ and Tom Donaghy’s midseason Fox drama Star, on whose pilot he served as a production executive. The series begins production in Atlanta this summer.
“Bruce is an institution here at 20th, and the only thing better than having him as a production executive is to have him literally in the trenches, producing for us,” said Jonathan Davis, 20th TV’s President of Creative Affairs. “He’s a smart, creative guy who is terrific with talent and a perfectionist when it comes to the bringing the most to the screen. He’s also beloved at this studio so we couldn’t be happier that he’ll be our line producer on Lee and Tom’s brilliant Star.”
Margolis last served as SVP of Production at the studio, a position he held for nearly two decades in which he worked on some of the studio’s most successful and long-running series including The X-Files, 24, Prison Break and Bones, which enters it 12th and final season this year. Additional series under his purview included Terra Nova,, which shot in Queensland, Australia and Howard Gordon’s Tyrant, which has shot in Jerusalem, Istanbul and Budapest and broadcasts its third season this summer.
Margolis began his career as a Production Assistant at Aaron Spelling productions, rising to Location Manager, a role he also held with a number of production companies including Stephen Cannell Productions, CBS, Warner Bros. and Lorimar before taking on a production executive position at MTM and ultimately 20th Century Fox TV, where he has worked for the past 18 years.