EXCLUSIVE: Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle has inked a two-year overall deal with Fox TV Studios to develop and produce new cable series. Additionally, the company is in negotiations with CBS TV Studios for a deal that would cover broadcast projects as well as shows targeting the studio’s cable sibling Showtime.
Splitting the broadcast and cable areas of their TV business and setting them up at different studios marks a new stage in the evolution of Apostle. Launched in 1994, the company’s TV division set up shop at Sony in 2003 when the studio came on board to co-produce Apostle’s series for FX Rescue Me starring Leary. (The penultimate season of the firefighter drama premieres next week.) Apostle had been based at Sony TV until the studio recently decided to largely get out of the pod business, opting not to renew its overall deals with several companies, including Apostle, Tantamount and Timberman/Beverly. Tantamount and Timberman/Beverly have since inked deals with CBS Studios.
Before signing with Sony, New York-based Apostle developed a couple of projects with cable-focused FtvS. (FtvS’ executive vp scripted programming David Madden’s relationship with Leary goes even further back – he produced the 1995 movie Operation Dumbo Drop, which stared Leary.) “I think beyond the fact that they are really good creative auspices, they are also very hands-on, cost-conscious produces who have been able to produce Rescue Me in a remarkably efficient way,” Madden said of Leary and Serpico. “And [the deal] will open up a new level of New York writing and acting talent for us.” Apostle is repped by WME.