Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Famed director Lee Daniels is teaming up with 20th Century Fox Television for a major overall deal that will give him creative control over some of the studios new projects. According to THR, the partnership allows Daniels to develop, write, direct, and supervise new programs under his Lee Daniels Entertainment Company. This comes after a hugely successful first season of Empire, which he co-produces and directs.

“Lee Daniels has a gift for telling authentic, provocative stories that are both truthful and wildly entertaining,” said Fox TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “His casting instincts are incredible, whether he is discovering tomorrow’s stars or attracting the most accomplished performers to his projects. As a director, he elevates world class material to even greater heights, balancing heart-wrenching poignancy with surprising moments of levity that are over the top and fun. Quite simply, we love working with this inspired storyteller, and this deal is about extending and deepening our relationship.”

In addition to Empire, Daniels is also working on the Richard Pryor biopic starring Mike Epps and Oprah Winfrey.


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