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Katz has more time for '24,' 20th projects

Katz has more time for '24,' 20th projects
"24" executive producer Evan Katz has inked a new rich seven-figure overall deal with the series producer, 20th Century Fox Television, to continue on the real-time drama and develop new projects.

The new two-year pact, which has an option for a third, replaces Katz's existing two-year overall deal with 20th TV, which had another year on it.

"Even has done a fantastic job on '24'," 20th TV president Dana Walden said. "It's clearly such an important series for the studio, so we found it to be a very good business decision to (secure) every writer who is important to the series for as long as posasible, and Evan is at the top of that list."

Katz worked on several series at Paramount Network TV -- UPN's "Special Unit 2", which he created, "JAG" and "Seven Days" -- before he joined "24" at the beginning of the second season in 2003.

"The show's been very good to me in every way," Katz said of "24." "It's the first time I've been on a show that is an out-and-out commercial and critical success and has created a cultural footprint.

Sci Fi preps launch in Spain

Sci Fi preps launch in Spain
MADRID -- NBC Global Networks and Spain's Sogecable have signed a deal for the Sci Fi Channel to launch June 1 in Spain on Sogecable-owned satellite platform Digital Plus. Launched in the U.S. in 1992, Sci Fi already has international versions operating in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. The agreement with Sogecable is nonexclusive for Spain, paving the way for the channel to grow onto the burgeoning broadband and cable markets in the country. Sci Fi Spain's initial programming lineup will include the Spanish debuts of series Stargate Atlantis and Tremors, plus 7 Days, American Gothic, The Sentinel, Battlestar Galactica, Earth 2, The Incredible Hulk and The Invisible Man. The deal follows the debuts of new terrestrial broadcasters Cuatro and La Sexta -- launched in November and March, respectively. Both nets are betting heavily on U.S. series in their programming lineups.

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