EXCLUSIVE: AMC, the network behind Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has signed a two-year first-look deal with film producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg‘s Double Feature Films. This marks the first such pact for Sher and Shamberg with a cable network. Under the deal, Double Feature Films will develop and produce scripted projects for AMC. The cable network, which built its brand with classic movies before branching out into original programming, has a successful track record working with feature producers — two of its signature drama series, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, are executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Mark Johnson, respectively. “What AMC does so well is to tell great stories with fresh characters and their series truly feel like films,” Sher and Shamberg said. “This gives us the opportunity to take what we are so drawn to from the film side and make our own productions on the TV side.”
Producing partners Sher and Shamberg recently worked on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained; Sher served as producer, earning an Oscar nomination, and Shamberg was an executive producer. Both also received Oscar nominations for producing Erin Brockovich. Their joint film producing credits include three Steven Soderbergh movies — Erin Brockovich, Out Of Sight and Contagion — Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as well as Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool, Garden State, Gattaca, World Trade Center and Freedom Writers. On the TV side, they executive produced Comedy Central’s Reno 911 for its entire six-season run. “Stacey and Michael are outstanding producers who have made an incredible range of films; along with an iconic, out-of-the-box television series that is still talked about today,” said AMC’s EVP Original Programming Joel Stillerman. “What’s clear from looking at their body of work is that they are driven by great material, great ideas, and great talent; and they know how to put those things together.”
CAA-repped Double Feature Films is in postproduction on Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck as well as Get A Job, starring Miles Teller and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, and in preproduction on the feature adaptation of A Walk Among The Tombstones with Liam Neeson.