Two-year deals cover all projects developed for television, as well as continued service on “The Americans”
Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are ready for more intrigue with FX.
Weisberg (pictured above), the creator and executive producer of “The Americans,” and Fields, an executive producer and writer on the FX spy drama, have entered two-year overall production deals with FX Productions.
The agreements cover all projects developed for television, as well as continued service on “The Americans,” which finished up its second season in May and has been renewed for a third season.
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“I actually wanted to sign a 30-year deal, but the actuaries wouldn't sign off on it,” said Weisberg, who worked in the CIA's directorate of operations in the early 1990s before embarking on a career as a novelist and eventually moving on to television. “FX is an unusual and special place. They put so much time and effort into supporting you, you forget you're working for them. These last five years, the network has become a real professional home for me. Getting to work with people that I believe in, respect, and just flat-out like this much is an incredible gift. I look forward to telling many more stories together.”
“‘The Americans’ is such a gratifying experience creatively and personally,” added Fields (pictured at left), whose pre-”Americans” credits include “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Ugly Betty.” “I feel so lucky to have found a great friend and partner on the show in Joe Weisberg and to be working with John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Nick Grad and their phenomenal team at FX, who have taken supporting creative people to an art form. I look forward to continuing our work together on ‘The Americans’ and to developing some terrific new material with them as well.”
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“Working with Joe and Joel on ‘The Americans’ has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Joel and Joe are two of the most talented, genuine, gracious and hardest-working guys in the business. We look forward to creating more great programs with each of them.”