I. Marlene King, the creative force behind the hit series Pretty Little Liars, is leaving Warner Bros. TV after a decade with the studio to join 20th Century Fox Television, according to Deadline.
- King has signed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, less than a week after the official close of the Disney-Fox deal.
- With her new deal at Fox, King will develop, write, produce and direct projects for network, cable and streaming platforms through her production company, Long Lake Media
- Lauren Wagner, Long Lake Media’s EVP of Development will be joining King at Fox.
- King will be working with President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis and EVP of Development, Comedy and Drama, Terence Carter.
- King developed and executive produced Pretty Little Liars for Freeform and is also responsibles for the series’ two spinoffs, Ravenswood and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
- She also wrote the 1995 film Now and Then, which jump started her career.
What they’re saying:
- President of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox TV, Jonnie Davis: “Terence 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. 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. Marlene King: “I could not be more excited to join Jonnie, Terence and the 20th team. They’ve embraced my voice with open arms and it’s a perfect time to create daring new shows for all platforms.”