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‘Glee’s’ Ryan Murphy Signs Huge Deal with Fox


His show is so hot that stars are lining up to make guest appearances, and the execs at 20th Century Fox TV have rewarded ‘Glee‘ creator Ryan Murphy with a juicy new contract. reports that Murphy, also the creator behind long-running FX drama ‘Nip/Tuck’ and the 1999-2001 WB teen dramedy ‘Popular,’ is signing a new four-year, $24 million deal with Fox that will cover his duties on ‘Glee’ and new series development via his Ryan Murphy Productions company.

Potentially even more significant in Murphy’s new deal with Fox: He’ll also receive a share of the revenues from ‘Glee’s music-related spin-off projects, including CD sales and music downloads, as well as the cast tour and ‘Glee’ merchandise. That clause is retroactive, according to, which means Murphy will get a slice of what has already been a successful first season for the show’s ancillary products, including three soundtrack CDs and two EPs, the cast’s sold-out summer concert tour, and swag like books, t-shirts and tote bags.

Murphy also has the rights to produce a ‘Glee’ musical on Broadway, and estimates that the merch and spin-off projects could earn him as much as an extra $10 million per year for the next four years if the show continues to do well.

‘Glee’ recently received 19 Emmy nominations — more than any other series — for its breakout freshman season, which also led to the three soundtrack CDs reaching number one on the Billboard charts, 14 Top 40 singles, and an off-network syndication deal for the show to begin airing on Oxygen in 2013.

Season two is set to premiere on Sept. 21 (and the series has already been renewed for a third season), and will include John Stamos as a dentist who’s dating McKinley High guidance counselor Emma (Jayma Mays), a new football player who’ll also become the boyfriend of Kurt (Emmy nominee Chris Colfer), a new Christian singer who’ll be a rival for Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michele) and Filipino singer Charice as a foreign exchange student who’ll try to take Rachel’s spotlight.

Murphy’s sweet new contract puts him on a new playing field with TV’s top hit makers, including J.J. Abrams and his 2006 Warner Bros. TV/Paramount Pictures deal that paid him $60 million for five years, and ‘Family Guy’ papa Seth McFarlane, whose own 20th Century Fox TV deal also covers ‘Family Guy’ spin-offs and merchandise and could earn him $100 million across six years.

Murphy, meanwhile, is also hot on the big screen, with his much-anticipated Julia Roberts drama ‘Eat Pray Love‘ hitting theaters on August 13. Murphy directed and co-wrote the movie, an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir of the same name.

He also recently signed a $5 million deal to write and direct another movie, which will also star Oscar winner Roberts, for Sony, and is writing, producing and directing the 2013 flick ‘Dirty Tricks,’ an adaptation of John Jeter’s play about Martha Mitchell, the wife of Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell.

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