TCA17: FX Signs Donald Glover to Deal With FX Productions

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Fresh off of his recent Golden Globes win, FX has signed Atlanta actor/producer Donald Glover to an exclusive overall television production deal, the company said Thursday in advance of its TCA Winter Critics tour presentation 

Under the new deal, Glover -- who this past Sunday won the Golden Globes award for best actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Earnest “Earn” Marks on FX’s freshman series Atlanta, which also the Globes Award for best comedy series – will develop TV series for FX Networks as well as for other networks and streaming services, according to Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.

Glover will also remain producer and star of Altanta, which will return to FX for a second season in 2018.

“Donald is a remarkable artist, effortlessly shifting from actor to writer, producer, director and musician to create one amazing project after another,” Grad said in a statement. “Atlanta was just the beginning, the breakout comedy of the year and a series revered as much for its originality as its honest look at the experience of being aspiring, young and black in that legendary city. We’re proud to partner with Donald in an overall deal that will allow him to continue turning his creative vision into incredible television.”

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