Warren Littlefield is staying in business with Fox TV, amid Disney’s pending purchase of the studio.
The “Handmaid’s Tale” producer and former TV exec has signed a new, exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television — both of which will join Disney when the merger deal closes next year — with Fox 21 TVS President Bert Salke and TCFTV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis announcing the news jointly Friday.
Under the pact, Littlefield and his producing partners Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield will produce new projects for cable, broadcast and streaming platforms for both Fox 21 TVS and TCFTV, through his Littlefield Company banner, now based under Fox.
The Littlefield Company signed a first-look deal with Fox 21 TV in 2016 and currently has multiple projects in development at the studio.
“We have spent the past year working with Warren and his team, incredibly closely,” Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke said. “It took us about a minute to know we wanted a larger partnership with him, not only because he is a great producer, not only because he has the best relationships, not only because he has incredible taste, but, perhaps most importantly, because he is a phenomenal human being. Working with him is not just fulfilling and prosperous, it’s a joy. To work with Warren, is to become his friend. We couldn’t be more excited about our future with him.”
Littlefield added, “We at The Littlefield Company are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Fox, expanding with them through this exciting new chapter of their history. We have found Bert Salke and Andy Bourne to be inspired partners that support our vision and embrace the nuance required to continually elevate the content we create. We are truly grateful to Bert and Andy, Peter Rice, Dana Walden, and Jonnie Davis for all of their wisdom, passion and support. We couldn’t ask for a more dynamic team to be in business with.”
Here’s Littlefield’s bio, provided by Fox:
Warren Littlefield is the Executive Producer of The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu and MGM, which won 8 Emmy Awards including Oustanding Drama Series, and The Television Critics Association named it Best Drama and Program of the Year. It also won 3 Golden Globe Awards, the AFI TV Program of the Year, a Peabody, a BAFTA Award and it garnered Littlefield his 3rd Producer’s Guild Award. Littlefield also serves as Executive Producer on FX’s television adaptation of the Academy Award winning film, Fargo, which in three seasons has been nominated for 52 Emmys and won 6 as well as a Peabody, multiple Golden Globes, an AFI, Producers Guild, and Critics Choice Awards for Best Limited Series.
While at NBC, Littlefield was responsible for developing many of the series that defined quality programming. As head of the comedy department he developed The Golden Girls, Alf, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In his last four years as President of the Entertainment Division, Littlefield orchestrated a renaissance at NBC and a return to first place in the ratings race, fueled by a long roster of hit series that he developed. They included: Seinfeld, ER, Friends, Frasier, Mad About You, Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock From the Sun, NewsRadio, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Law & Order. He was an architect of “Must See TV”. In his final year at NBC, he supervised the development of Will & Grace, Providence, and The West Wing. He initiated the development of Law & Order: SVU, which began the industry trend of procedural spin-offs. In May 2012, Doubleday books published Littlefield’s The New York Times bestselling memoir “Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.”
The Littlefield Company is repped by WME and Tom Hoberman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman LLP.