The Fast and Furious star and his company, One Race Productions, landed the multi-year deal, which entails developing small screen programmes for the studio.

Among the first offerings will be a series complement to Diesel's blockbuster sci-fi franchise, Riddick. The series has spawned two feature films, with a rumoured third in the works.

Diesel founded One Race Productions in 1995, and along with Universal, has produced the four highest-grossing films in the Fast and Furious franchise - Furious 7, Fast and Furious 6, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious.

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