“Pretty Little Liars” creator I. Marlene King has jumped from Warner Bros. to 20th Century Fox Television with a new multi-year overall deal, the TV studio announced on Monday.
Under the new deal, King will develop, write, produce and direct new projects for network, cable and streaming platforms through her production company, Long Lake Media. She will also remain on as showrunner for Freeform’s recent “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists.”
King’s move from her longtime home at Warner Bros. to the newly Disney-owned studio brings her under the same corporate umbrella as her show’s network home, with both 20th Century Fox Television and Freeform now part of the Disney TV portfolio.
“Terence [Carter, EVP of Development, Comedy and Drama] and I were obsessed with bringing Marlene to 20th because she’s such a special talent– her voice is so specific and wildly entertaining and relevant,” said 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a delicious, smart, juicy soap that spoke to women, teens and millennials in such a powerful way, and ‘Now and Then’ remains a favorite film of so many of us here. Marlene’s hire is part of our ongoing strategy of bringing the best creative talents to our studio and offering them the widest array of platforms for which to produce their biggest, boldest ideas. We’re thrilled she’s made 20th her exclusive home.”
“I could not be more excited to join Jonnie, Terence and the 20th team.” King added. “They’ve embraced my voice with open arms and it’s a perfect time to create daring new shows for all platforms.”
King is repped by WME, and attorneys Kevin Yorn and Gregg Gellman.