Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein of Vendetta Productions are moving to 20th Century Fox Television with a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, the duo will develop new projects for network, cable and streaming services.
For the past three years, Vendetta was under a first-look deal at Sony TV. One of the projects the company sold during the most recent development season was surfing drama The 808, penned by Oscar-nominated writer Turner, which went to 20th TV sibling Fox.
“Sheldon’s a writer who we’ve had in our sights for years, and we are excited to now have an exclusive deal with him and his terrific producing partner Jennifer Klein at Vendetta,” said 20th TV president Jonnie Davis. “They have incredible taste in material, and they gravitate toward smart, muscular storytelling with fascinating characters and urgency. They’re a fantastic addition to our roster, and all the networks are eager to work with them, as are we.”
Vendetta Prods currently is shopping American Sucker, a drama series adaptation of Walter Kirn’s autobiographical book Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade. The project, written by Turner, chronicles the 10-year friendship between Kirn and German con artist Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who went by the name Clark Rockefeller. American Sucker, produced by TriStar TV, previously was set up at TNT.
Vendetta, whose TV credits also include the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, is repped by CAA.