‘Pose’ Co-Creator Steven Canals Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

He will continue to create content “that centers diverse voices and moves the industry’s needle toward more inclusion and equity”

“Pose” co-creator Steven Canals has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, a division of Disney Television Studios, the studio announced Tuesday.

Canals co-created the critically acclaimed Billy Porter-led drama, which premiered in 2018, alongside Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. He made his TV directorial debut with the eighth episode of “Pose’s” second season, which ended last August. The show was named one of the Best TV Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute in 2018 and 2019, and has already been renewed for Season 3 by FX, which will air this year.

“Steven is the embodiment of the original voice we’re always looking for at this studio and like so many others I was captivated by his groundbreaking and award-winning series ‘Pose,'” 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Carolyn Cassidy said. “Howard and I couldn’t be happier that he chose 20th to develop his new projects and feel extremely lucky to be in business with this gifted and talented writer whose storytelling is as specific as it is universally relatable.”

Canals added: “For this Bronx bred storyteller, I’m thrilled by this new chapter. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined having supportive co-conspirators like Dana Walden, Craig Hunegs, Carolyn Cassidy, Howard Kurtzman and their teams. I’m grateful to be partnering with 20th to continue creating original content that centers diverse voices and moves the industry’s needle toward more inclusion and equity.”

A Bronx native, Canals produced the documentary short “Turf Violence: What’s It All About?,” co-funded by HBO Family, when he was in high school, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and a Master’s in Student Affairs & Diversity from Binghamton University, and graduated from UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program in 2015. While attending UCLA, Canals was a research assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions. In 2016, he landed a staff writer position on Freeform’s “Dead of Summer,” the same year his short film, “Afuera,” premiered at the LA Film Festival.

Canals is repped by Epicenter and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP.