Karin Gist has received an overall two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV, joining the studio’s Fox music drama Star as executive producer and new showrunner! Coming from her role as a Co-Executive Producer for Grey’s Anatomy, Gist will executive produce alongside creators Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy as well as Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown. This will be Gist’s first overall deal, first role as showrunner, and first executive producer credit. She will succeed Chuck Pratt, who recently stepped down as showrunner after one season.
“What a get for us! Finding the right showrunner to support Lee and Tom’s vision on Star was a huge priority, and we’ve had our eye on Karin for a long while – she did extraordinary work on Grey’s and Revenge,” exclaimed 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis. “We love what she brings to the table in terms of emotional storytelling and juicy characters. We’re excited for her to start on Star and we know she’ll create a hit series of her own for us down the road.”
Set in Atlanta, Star revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. The series’ cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
The music drama is set in Atlanta, which Gist has a familiarity with, as she earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Spelman College before graduating from Georgetown Law School.
Gist practiced family law for three years before deciding to pursue a career as a writer. Her first writing job was on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends where she rose to supervising producer. She then made the switch to drama with One Tree Hill and also worked on ABC’s Revenge before joining ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in 2015. Her resume also includes a stint on Showtime’s dark comedy House of Lies.