Simpsons, Hill Producer Stays at Fox

Variety reports that The Simpsons and King of the Hill co-exec. producer Rich Appel has signed a multiyear, seven-figure deal to remain part of the Twentieth Century Fox Television family.

In addition to maintaining his current duties, the writer has signed on as co-exec. producer of The Bernie Mac Show and will also develop and exec. produce new projects for the studio.

In 1994, Appel abandoned his career as a criminal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s office to write for The Simpsons, which he eventually co-exec. produced. He later spent three seasons as exec. producer and two seasons as showrunner on Fox’s other prime-time animated hit, King of the Hill.

Appel has spent nearly ten years with the studio. His days as a prosecutor inspired him to develop the sit-com A.U.S.A., which was cancelled after one season on NBC.

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