‘Fast and the Furious’ Director Justin Lin Signs Overall TV Deal With Apple

Apple’s content push continues as the tech giant announced that it has signed “Fast and the Furious” director Justin Lin to an overall TV deal under his Perfect Storm banner.

The multi-year deal will see Lin develop, produce and direct television series with a global perspective.

The deal means that Lin will leave Sony Pictures Television, where he’s been set up for the past six years after founding Perfect Storm in 2012. During that time, Perfect Storm developed three drama series that were aired on CBS — “Scorpion,” “S.W.A.T.” and the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” — as well as Cinemax’s upcoming “Warrior.”

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As part of the Apple pact, Andrew Schneider will come on board to run Perfect Storm Entertainment TV. Schneider most recently oversaw the TV department for Free Association, and previously was at Fox 21 Television Studios.

Lin is best known for directing the “Fast & Furious” franchise as well as “Star Trek Beyond.” He directed four films in the “Fast” franchise: “Tokyo Drift,” “Fast & Furious,” “Fast Five,” “Fast and Furious 6,” and is largely credited with reviving the franchise. In total, Lin’s films have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.

The move is the latest for Apple, which has been on a major acquisition spree as it prepares to launch its own direct-to-consumer service in 2019, joining a crowded space that will also include new entrees from WarnerMedia and Disney.

Lin is repped by CAA and Warren Dern.

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Legendary Signs ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Runaways’ Creator Brian K. Vaughan to Multi-Year Overall Deal

Legendary Entertainment has signed prolific comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan — known for co-creating comics including “Y: The Last Man” and Marvel’s “Runaways” — to a multi-year overall deal.

The exclusive deal, Vaughan’s first with a studio, will have him adapt his own works, and produce and develop new projects exclusively for Legendary across TV, film and other platforms.

“Through truly inspired storytelling, Brian has created immersive, compelling worlds that are devoured by fans worldwide,” Nick Pepper, president of Legendary Television Studios said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Brian to bring his visions and extraordinary library of work to the screen.”

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Vaughan has created several award-winning graphic novels and comics, winning 14 Eisner Awards, 14 Harvey Awards and a Hugo Award. His “Runaways” comic series for Marvel was adapted by Hulu, and debuts its second season on Dec. 21. FX is currently developing an adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” with Michael Green and Aida Croal and just finished shooting the pilot. Vaughan is an executive producer on “Last Man” and an executive consultant for “Runaways.” He also developed the adaption of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” for CBS and was a writer on ABC’s “Lost.”

Additional comic book series created by Vaughan include “Sage,” “Paper Girls,” “Ex Machina,” “Barrier” and “We Stand on Guard.”

“Legendary was instrumental in helping to revolutionize the way the world thought of ‘comic-book movies,’ so it’s a tremendous honor to work with them on adaptations of some of my and my talented collaborators’ past and current comics, and I’m looking forward to hopefully creating a few wholly original stories with them, as well,” Vaughan said.

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Bill Lawrence Signs New Overall Deal With WBTV, Sells Department Store Sitcom to NBC

Bill Lawrence has signed a new multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement keeps the “Scrubs” creator and his production company, Doozer, at the studio that he’s with since 2011.

The first project covered under the deal is an untitled workplace comedy from “Undateable” duo Brett Morin and Matt Hausfater, which the company has sold to NBC.

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Co-written by Morin and Hausfater, with Morin attached to star, the untitled workplace comedy is set in a fashionable department store where Morin’s character is forced to work retail after losing his dream job.

Lawrence and Jeff Ingold of Doozer will serve as executive producers on the project alongside Morin and Hausfater. Liza Katzer will co-executive produce.

Doozer has a few other projects in the works this broadcast development season, including an adaptation of the DC Comics series “Secret Six” and an hour-long dramedy inspired by the life of “Scrubs” star Sarah Chalke.

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Samantha Bee Launches Documentary Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With TBS

Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”

Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.

“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.

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Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.

Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”

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