FX Prods. has signed a first-look deal for cable television with Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their production company, Color Force. Color Force will develop series projects as well as secure the rights to published material that can be adapted into series. “Over the past 20 years, Nina Jacobson has amassed one of the most successful bodies of work in the film business, both as an executive and a producer”, FX president John Landgraf said.
Jacobson had been testing the TV waters over the past couple of months, meeting with several studios about a TV deal. “We are expanding our business into television because we find it creatively irresistible”, she said. “Color Force truly values story and character and there is so much great storytelling happening in TV right now, especially at FX”.
The pact with Color Force marks the first pod deal for FX Prods. that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. It joins FX Prods.’ existing pacts with RCG Prods., the production company of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia masterminds Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Prods., the production company of Archer‘s Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. Jacobson launched Color Force after a 20-year career as a top film executive. The CAA-repped company’s first feature was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which spawned a successful franchise. Jacobson is the latest feature producer to enter TV. Kathleen Kennedy inked a deal with CBS TV Studios in May, while cable player Fox TV Studios announced a pact with Robert Zemeckis this morning.