In Legendary Television & Digital‘s first major producing deal, the company has signed a multi-year pact with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films. The company’s TV development will continue to be run by Red Hour president Debbie Liebling, while Red Hour Director of Digital Mike Rosenstein oversees digital. “All of us at Legendary are thrilled to be working with Ben, Stuart and their Red Hour team,” Legendary TV & Digital president Bruce Rosenblum said. “Their comedic programming is broadly appealing, yet fulfills the edginess and irreverence that is so on brand for Legendary.” At Legendary, Red Hour’s development will be overseen by Tom Lesinski, President of Legendary Digital Media, on the digital side and Peter Johnson, EVP Scripted Entertainment, in the TV side. “We are very excited to partner with Legendary, though I am a little concerned that Bruce called me ‘Mr. Affleck’ when discussing the deal on the phone,” Stiller said. “Hopefully, he won’t realize he got the other Ben till after the papers are signed.”
Red Hour Films most recently had a TV deal at ABC Studios for the past two years where is developed and sold a slew of projects. Red Hour also recently received series pickups for Birthday Boys at IFC and The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail at Comedy Central.
Red Hour’s digital deal will kick in when the company’s current pact with Paramount expires. Red Hour’s digital portfolio includes the Emmy-nominated Bachelor parody Burning Love, the upcoming Zoolander animated web series, and the second season of Next Time On Lonny. Rosenstein and Lesinski previously collaborated on Burning Love and Zoolander.