David E. Kelley makes a move
After more than twenty years at 20th Century Fox TV, Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley is packing his bags.
One of the longest and most succesful collaborations in television history is coming to an end as Kelley announced that he is entering into a three-year partnership with Warner Bros. TV.
The new deal, said to be worth around eight figures, will have Kelley developing new shows for broadcast and cable as well as Warner's digital projects.
Kelley's deal with 20th Century Fox, which spawned TV hits such as Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and The Practice, expires in June, and the final series under that deal, Boston Legal, is in production for its final season 13-episode order at ABC.
Even though Kelley has been at Fox since his TV career with his job as a writer on L.A. Law in 1986, the change was prompted by Kelley's desire to deal less with administrative issues and more with creating shows.
While Fox did make an offer for a new deal with Kelley he ultimately opted to go to Warner Bros., partly because of his relationship with studio president Peter Roth, who used to work with him at Fox.