Thomas Kail, the Tony Award-winning director behind Broadway juggernaut Hamilton and Fox's recent live musical production of Grease, is setting up a new production company at 20th Century Fox Television, the network announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour on Monday.
Under the deal, Kail will develop and supervise a variety of projects for both broadcast and cable, including scripted series and additional live productions. Kate Sullivan, who was assistant director on Grease: Live, will act as Head of Development.
"Working with Tommy on Grease: Live was an incredible experience, and we knew long before the credits rolled that night that we wanted a much more significant relationship with him," Fox Television Group bosses Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a joint statement. "Anyone who has worked with Tommy knows just how remarkable and creative and visionary he is - he's quite literally a force of nature. He has access to a largely untapped talent pool through his years in the New York theater, and he's fantastically collaborative."
Added Kail: "Working on Grease: Live with the Fox team was one of the highlights of my career. I am proud of what we made - and how we made it. I've always been drawn to helping find and platform new voices, surprising characters and stories that are relevant to our times. Hopefully, through this deal, we'll be able to tell those stories in every possible form, from live events, to half-hour and hour scripted, and limited series."
Could Hamilton: Live be in Fox's future? Only time will tell...