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Fox Renews Davis Entertainment Deal for 4 Years

Producer John Davis’ films including “Garfield” and “I, Robot” have grossed $2B for studio

John Davis and his Davis Entertainment have extended their production partnership with 20th Century Fox for four more years, the partners announced Wednesday.

Davis’ Brentwood-based film and television development and production entity made its initial development/production deal with the studio in 1994. The new deal extends that relationship through May 2014.

Davis’ 80-plus feature films and movies for television have earned more than $4 billion worldwide.

His productions for Fox have earned in excess of $2 billion. They include Will Smith starrer “I, Robot,” the “Dr. Dolittle” franchise with Eddie Murphy, the “Garfield” series featuring the voice of Bill Murray and the “Predator” and “Alien vs. Predator” films.

Davis’ upcoming features include the comedy “Marmaduke,” starring Owen Wilson as the voice of Marmaduke, due for release by Fox on June 4; and fantasy-comedy “Gulliver’s Travels,” starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet, for Christmas 2010 from Fox.

Emma Watts, president of production at 20th Century Fox, said in a statement: “John and his team have provided some of our most successful films of the past several years. They have great taste, an eye for big ideas and the all-important ability to get pictures made. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the years ahead.”

Davis said in a statement, “We’ve enjoyed a close and productive partnership with Fox for 16 years and there was never a question about continuing our relationship."