Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lord and Miller

Two animation (and live-action) creators make a new deal.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have re-upped their television pod deal at 20th Century TV for another 3 years. Under the new pact, the duo will continue to develop, write and direct their own comedy projects — both live action and animation — as well as supervise other writers’ projects for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner. Lord Miller head of television Seth Cohen will continue to oversee all television projects and executive produce alongside Lord and Miller. Katie Newman will continue on as director of development and production. ...

Lord Miller has three series on Fox developed through the company’s first 20th TV pod deal, the Emmy-nominated Last Man On Earth, now in its third season, new animation/live-action hybrid Son of Zorn and the upcoming time-travel comedy Making History. They also have a project in development at Fox 21 Television Studios based on the podcast phenom Serial. ...

In features, The Lego Movie and 21/22 Jump Street helmers Lord and Miller are directing the Han Solo Star Wars anthology movie. ...

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, two talented comedy writers, were brought in by Sony management to adapt and direct a feature from a book that Amy Pascal was high on: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Nobody before them had created a compelling take on the property, but Lord and Miller succeeded where others had failed. In fact, they made the most successful Sony animated feature to that time. Cloudy cost $100 million and earned $243 million. Not chickenfeed.

Since then, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have moved from victory to victory. The Lego Movie was a smash hit. Ditto the live-action reboot of 21 Jump Street. So now Fox extends their TV deal with them.

Smart company, that Fox-News Corp.


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