Writer, director and producer Lee Daniels has extended his overall deal with the Disney-owned 20th Television, according to Deadline.

  • The new multi-year extension comes through Daniels’ production company Lee Daniels Entertainment.
  • Daniels is best known as the creator of the hit series Empire but he is also set to be an executive producer on the upcoming reboot of The Wonder Years on ABC and Fox’s Our Kind of People.
  • He is also developing a reboot of Waiting to Exhale for ABC and the pilot for the drama series The Spook Who Sat By the Door at FX.
  • The extension comes seven years after Daniels inked his original deal with 20th Television.

What they’re saying:

  • Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television: “Lee Daniels is a master storyteller and a beloved partner to all of us at 20th Television. He leaves an indelible mark on every project he touches. His relentless pursuit of authenticity is only matched by his deep respect for talent, and it’s no wonder that the greatest actors seize the opportunity to work with him. Karey [Burke] and I look forward to continuing our relationship with Lee and collaborating on many more extraordinary stories ahead.”
  • Lee Daniels: “I’m beyond grateful to continue my partnership with 20th, Dana Walden, Karey Burke and their amazing team, all of whom have wholeheartedly supported my vision over the past seven years. LDE has so many exciting projects in the works from some of today’s most fresh and distinct voices that I cannot wait to share with the world.”