Brett Ratner Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV, Taps Chris Conti As President

EXCLUSIVE: Director-producer Brett Ratner has closed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television where he has been based for the past 7 years. He is being joined by former NBC development executive-turned-producer Chris Conti, who will serve as president of Ratner’s Rat TV. “It’s impossible not to love Brett,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “He is a great entertainer, has such love for the business and has the most commercial sense of any creative person I’ve ever worked with.” She praised Ratner for directing the pilot for the Fox drama Prison Break, which “helped reestablish what the 20th Century Fox TV brand is around the world.”

But for the past 7 years, Ratner has directed only one other 20th TV pilot that has gone to series, CBS’ short-lived CIA dramedy Chaos. He has developed and produced a total of 3 series, Prison Break, Chaos and ABC’s Women’s Murder Club. That is mainly because Ratner has been busy working on a wide range of other projects, from directing and producing features, to producing documentaries and TV specials to now producing the Academy Awards. Bringing a seasoned development executive like Conti is expected to keep development and production at Rat TV going full-speed even when Ratner is not around. “Chris is bringing a lot of formidable relationships in the community and will be able to focus Brett in a meaningful and successful way,” Walden said. (more…)

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