April 10, 2006

Sutherland pacts for 3 three more years of “24”

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "24" star Kiefer
Sutherland has inked a multifaceted deal with 20th Century Fox

The rich pact, which is set to begin in June, calls for the
actor to continue on the hit Fox drama for three more years and
includes a two-year development deal for Sutherland's
soon-to-be-launched production banner.

Details on the deal were sketchy, but sources pegged the
acting portion alone at more than $40 million for the three
seasons, which could make Sutherland the highest-paid actor in
drama series.

While the deal with Sutherland locks him in for three
additional years beyond the current fifth season of "24," the
20th TV/Imagine TV-produced show so far has been picked up for
one additional season.

Under the pact, Sutherland also will be elevated from a
co-executive producer to executive producer on "24" next season
alongside Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon and Evan

The development portion of the deal is said to include
overhead and a development fund for Sutherland's company.
Sutherland will hire a development executive and will begin to
develop and executive produce projects for television as well
the Internet and wireless devices.

Sutherland called his past five years on the show "one of
the most creative and rewarding experiences in my career."

In its fifth season, "24" is enjoying some of its best
ratings and critical notices. The show, which introduced the
now-hot serialized thriller genre, also has become a DVD
best-seller and has spawned a mobile phone series.

Sutherland's performance on "24" has earned him a Golden
Globe award and four Emmy nominations.

On the big screen, he next will be seen opposite Michael
Douglas and Kim Basinger in "The Sentinel" and will provide the
voice of the lion in Disney's "The Wild."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter