Fox has inked an alternative comedy production deal with Jonathan Stern and Keith Quinn.
Under this pact, Fox will have first look rights to comedy projects developed by Stern and Quinn which are suitable for “incubation” on digital platforms such as Hulu and Roku. Fox said that the ultimate goal would be for projects to segue from these online platforms to either Fox, FX, FXX or other networks as full series. In addition, Stern and Quinn will provide distribution and producing services (via Stern’s Abominable Pictures) for any projects produced under this deal.
“Jon and Keith have a proven track record of making outrageous digital comedy series that have graduated to successful on-air shows,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Senior Vice President of Multi-Platform Programming for Fox. “Their sensibility, expertise and ingenuity are perfectly suited to FOX, as we continue pioneering in this realm.”
While Jonathan Stern and Keith Quinn added: “Fox is showing impressive leadership and innovation in an increasingly complex marketplace, and that creates great opportunity. We have always embraced producing for both new and traditional platforms, and are excited to develop hits for FOX by taking a talent-friendly approach to incubating new shows from our existing relationships and emerging talent, and to have the chance to work with the ingenious trio at The Lonely Island, as they develop for Fox, as well.”