Director-producer McG has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, McG will develop, direct and produce projects for the studio through his Wonderland Sound & Vision production company.
McG, who segues to the 20th TV deal from an overall deal he had at Freeform and ABC Studios/ABC Signature, directed the pilot of the Lethal Weapon reboot for 20th TV’s network sibling Fox and Warner Bros. TV. The pilot was well received and tested very high, landing a series order for a fall launch, paired with Fox mega hit Empire, which is produced by 20th TV. Both Fox network and 20th TV are overseen by Fox TV Group CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
“McG is a fantastic director who brings an infectious energy to every pitch and to every set, and we’ve been fans of his for a long time,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “Seeing what he did with Lethal Weapon only reaffirmed that we had to have this amazing talent on our lot working for us. The thoughtful ambition he brings to a project is only surpassed by the flawless execution.”
McG executive produces Freeform’s Shadowhunters, which is filming its second season, as well as the CW veteran Supernatural, which is heading into its 12th season. His other series credits include The O.C., Chuck and Nikita. Since the company’s 2001 launch, Wonderland has generated more than 600 hours of programming, shepherding multiple series at any time.
McG exec produces Shadowhunters with Mary Viola, who will continue as president of his Wonderland Sound and Vision.
“I look forward to doing my best work with Jonnie, Dana and Gary,” said McG. “Their courage to go for it and support bold ideas is a dream for any storyteller.”
For its first decade, Wonderland Sound & Vision was based at Warner Bros. TV before leaving in 2013 for a stint as an independent company backed by private-equity funds.
In features, Wonderland recently produced CBS Films’ breakout The DUFF. The company is in post-production on The Babysitter for New Line, which McG also directed. Additionally, Charlie’s Angels helmer McG is writing and is attached to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony.
McG is repped by WME, Management 360 and Sloane Offer.