Top feature producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are making a foray into television with a two-year overall deal at CBS Television Studios, which also includes a pilot commitment from sister network CBS. This marks the first overall TV deal for the duo’s Kennedy/Marshall Company, whose only previous TV pact was a first-look agreement at CBS in the 1990s.
Kennedy/Marshall’s TV development will be led by CBS veteran Robert Zotnowski, former co-head of the network’s drama department who left in 2009 to head TV development for Sam Raimi’s Stars Road Entertainment. “Kathleen and Frank are truly gifted filmmakers with a resume that reads like a gold standard of box office success and award-winning and culturally relevant projects,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. “We are excited to develop with them and reunite with Robert Zotnowski, one of our favorite CBS alumni.” Added CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, “Kathleen and Frank are the type of producers you dream about having on your roster. They have it all — commercial success, artistic acclaim and a passion for attracting and working with the best creative talent in the business.” CBS TV Studios’ collaboration with another feature producing duo, Cathy Conrad and James Mangold, resulted in a new series for fall, CBS’ Vegas starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis.
In addition to their roster of features, which have earned them five best picture Oscar nominations as a team, Kennedy and Marshall have produced several TV projects. Those include the HBO movie A Special Relationship and two other projects currently in development at the pay cable network: WikiLeaks with Charles Ferguson and Rowan Joffe and Legacy Of Ashes with David Simon and Ed Burns. “We’re eager to expand our opportunities in television and we look forward to working with Les Moonves, Nina Tassler, David Stapf, and everyone at CBS,” said Kennedy. The Kennedy/Marshall Co is repped by CAA and Alan Hergott.