Dan Harmon (Community) has signed a direct animation deal to create a new series for Fox Entertainment, per Deadline. Fox will exclusively own the broadcasting and intellectual property rights for the show, a critical move as the network loses control over its most popular shows.
Following The Walt Disney Company purchasing 21st Century Fox in March of 2019, Disney gained many assets of the former company, including the rights to long-running hits for Fox such as Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and The Simpsons. Certain portions of 21st Century Fox remained separate from Disney, such as Fox News and other television departments, owned by a new company called the Fox Corporation.
While the aforementioned shows are still running on the new Fox Network, they exist as Disney property that the Fox Corporation’s Entertainment division pays to create. In response, Fox Entertainment has created several new adult-oriented animated shows that the network owns exclusively to bolster their catalog. These new shows include Bless the Harts and Duncanville, which premiered in 2019 and 2020 respectively, and the upcoming The Great North and Housebroken.
Harmon’s new series will be produced by Fox Entertainment and its animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, just the same as the previously mentioned four exclusive Fox shows. Michael Thorn, president of Fox Entertainment, told Deadline “As one of the most prolific creators working in the business today – and as Fox’s animation brand continues to grow and evolve, with the support and guidance of (Fox Entertainment CEO) Charlie Collier – there’s no better creative partner to have than Dan Harmon.”
Harmon has seen unprecedented success in the animation industry with Rick and Morty, the adult-oriented animated series he co-created with Justin Roiland (Adventure Time). The series airs on Warner Media’s Adult Swim block, and has just finished its fourth season with 36 episodes out of its 70-episode order.
The new series is due to premiere in Spring 2022.