Actress Eliza Dushku
, most known for her portrayal of Tru Davies on FOX's Tru Calling
, has signed a lucrative new development deal with the network and 20th Century FOX TV.
The deal, which is in the mid-to-high six figures, will have Dushku working on a new project, and will have the network and the studio pitching the 26-year-old actress on existing scripts.
Dushku has a long relationship with 20th Century Fox, having previously worked in several of the network's series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and King of the Hill
. After starring in Tru Calling
, she appeared in the pilot for FOX's unaired comedy series, Nurses
"Clearly we've had a very long-term relationship with her," 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden said. "We wanted to be in a more significant business relationship now. She's such an interesting, smart, soulful person and that all comes through on the screen."
At present, the studio is beginning to incorporate Eliza Dushku in the development process, giving her the opportunity to get to know some of the writers who are affiliated with 20th Century Fox TV.
"You have to have a tremendous amount of passion for a person you make a deal like this with," Walden said. "You're not just sending them a script and asking them if you like a role. You're bringing them into the development process and integrating them into the fiber of the company."
Both the network and the studio were impressed with the former Tru Calling
star, as she has displayed much versatility as an actress.
"She's a [FOX] star," Peter Liguori, FOX's Entertainment chairman, said. "She's rare -- an incredibly beautiful and feminine actress with a specific strength and playfulness. I just find her very unique. Kevin and I fans of the work she's put down on film."
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Variety. Zap2it
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