How much does FX want to stay in business with Louis C.K.? Well, they love him enough to give him a deal that keeps all of his television activity tied to FX networks. The comedian just inked a multi-year deal with the network and keeping him working with FX for the foreseeable future. So C.K. will be able to develop new TV programming on the channel that offered him his original deal, whether that be writing, directing, starring in, or producing new shows.
The “Louis C.K. deal” is one of legend in some comedy circles. In essence, C.K. agreed to take less money in exchange for total creative freedom of his show. He didn’t pitch a show idea to the network, wanted it to be filmed in NY, and didn’t want to write scripts for approval. Since there was less of a financial risk, there was less of a need for the network to intervene. So FX agreed to all of the comedian’s requests, allowing him to effectively do whatever he wanted – write, edit, and shoot it how he desired. Hell, C.K. even stated that he returned money from an episode that came in under budget. This arrangement has worked tremendously for the comedian and when the show became a hit, it helped position him well amongst both creative and business types; catapulting his career, allowing him more freedom to take more risks. Read More