Sanaa Hamri will also board Ilene Chaiken’s Fox drama pilot starring Katie Holmes.
The studio has signed the Empire exec producer and frequent director to a new overall deal, keeping her at the studio for at least another two years.
Under the pact, Hamri will remain on Empire and join Fox’s untitled Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner drama pilot as an exec producer and director. She will reunite with outgoing Empire showrunner Chaiken on the pilot starring Katie Holmes. She will also create and develop new projects for the studio.
“Sanaa’s an extraordinarily talented director with a deep and unique understanding of pop culture, earned from years of establishing herself in the music video scene as both an editor and director,” 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said. “She’s a creative force of nature, able to translate bold material seamlessly to the screen, and is simply one of the most current and relevant directors working in television today. We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with her, continuing her role as executive producer and director on Empire, while ensuring that she’ll be able to bring her talent and vision to a variety of other studio projects.”
Hamri’s directing credits include Shameless, Rectify, Glee and features Something New, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and Just Wright. She’s repped by CAA, Larry Kennar and Patti Felker.
Hamri becomes the latest overall deal at 20th TV, joining Kurt Sutter, Rich Appel, Tim Minear and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel at the studio that, should regulators approve the $52.4 billion deal, could become a Disney property.
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