‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator Nahnatchka Khan Signs 20th Century Fox TV Pod Deal

Mandy Summers comes aboard as Fierce Baby’s head of Development

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 @ 12:39 PM

“Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan has created a production pod within 20th Century Fox Television, where she’ll create, write, develop and supervise television projects under her Fierce Baby Productions banner.

Khan, who remains showrunner and executive producer on her ABC sitcom, has brought along former 20th Century Fox TV executive Mandy Summers to be Fierce Baby’s head of Development. Together they will manage the company’s development slate and identify writers and projects for Khan to develop and supervise.

“Nahnatchka is a brilliant comedic mind who can write material that runs the gamut — from projects as twisted and wickedly funny as her beloved ‘Don’t Trust the B—-‘ to the inspired and broadly appealing ‘Fresh Off the Boat,'” said 20th Century Fox TV’s president of Creative Affairs, Jonnie Davis, in a statement. “We’ve been in business with her all the way back to the first season of ‘American Dad,’ and if it’s up to us, she’ll never work anywhere else. She’s both a spectacular talent and a dear friend to everyone at this studio, and we’re thrilled she’ll continue to create and develop new projects here for many years to come.”

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to be at 20th for basically the entire run of my professional career,” Khan added. “Thanks to Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman for making this happen and for being the best partners in the game. And a huge thanks to Dana Walden and Gary Newman for always encouraging and supporting me, I’m proud to be on their team. And if Kim Kardashian decides to release a Snapchat video of me saying anything different, she’ll be hearing from my lawyers.”

Prior to “Fresh Off the Boat,” Khan was the creator and executive producer of “Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23,” which aired for two seasons on ABC. Before that, she served as an executive producer on “American Dad.” Khan began her career as a writer on Disney’s “Pepper Ann” and Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Summers has served at the studio since 2003, most recently as vice president of Current Programming, overseeing hits from both Khan ABC shows, as well as “Modern Family,” CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and Fox’s “Bones.” She began her career at Alliance Atlantis.