Fox fires up event series business

It was in October last year that US broadcast network Fox announced its intentions to establish a new division dedicated to producing summer event series.

Former HBO executive Gina Balian was named as senior VP of limited series for Fox, cable network FX and FX Productions, with responsibility for overseeing the development and production of 10- to 12-part limited and miniseries.

Now the first projects from this new unit are in development.

Gina Balian

Gina Balian

Wayward Pines comes from M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) and FX Productions. Based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch and compared to cult hit Twin Peaks, the story follows a secret service agent who arrives in the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents.

The script was written by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club) and executive produced by Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line (Green Lantern) and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth).

The second new project is Blood Brothers – the true story of the West Point Class of 1861 as friends found themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in US history.

Blood Brothers is written by Bruce C McKenna (Band of Brothers), who also executive produces alongside Gary Randall (The Glades) and Timothy Scott Bogart (Majors & Minors). Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Fox Television Studios are producing.

Fox’s first event series pilots will be ordered later this year with a view to launching the series to air in 2014.

Source: Futon Critic