As part of ramping up operations, Paramount Television has signed its first first-look deal, a three-year production pact with management/production company Anonymous Content, which executive produces HBO’s breakout hit True Detective. Under the agreement, Paramount TV will have first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted television programming developed by Anonymous Content for broadcast, premium cable, cable and online. Paramount TV’s first project with Anonymous Content, run by managing partners Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, will be a drama series inspired by Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel, The Alienist, which is set in 1896 New York. “I’ve known Steve both professionally and personally for many years, and I have enormous respect for the sophisticated and entertaining movies and television Anonymous Content creates,” said Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “As we build our television business, we are proud to welcome the Anonymous team into the Paramount family.”
Paramount TV, which was launched last summer with Amy Powell as president, recently received its first greenlight for three-hour Grease Live musical event on Fox in 2015. The studio’s development slate include an event series based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Lindbergh; a crime drama with Joe Carnahan in the vein of Narc; a re-imagination of The Truman Show with Andrew Niccol; an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s BBC series The Village with Sundance Prods. and All3Media; a television adaptation of Ghost with filmmakers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner; and a multi-project deal with Craig Brewer for original scripted dramas.
Anonymous Content next executive produces the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed series, The Knick, starring Clive Owen, for Cinemax where the company recently wrapped production on the pilot Quarry. Films currently in pre-production include Triple Nine with director John Hillcoat and The Revenant with director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio for New Regency.