FX Productions has closed a two-year first-look production deal with Escape Artists, the independent production company of Todd Black, fxpJason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. This marks the first TV deal for Escape Artists, founded in 2001 by Black, Blumenthal and Tisch, whose feature credits include The Weather Man, The Pursuit Of Happyness, Hope Springs and most recently The Equalizer. Under the pact, the trio will develop projects for FX Networks.

“Todd, Jason and Steve have amply proven their ability to engage audience on the big screen with features that inspire and amuse,” FX Prods. and FX Networks’ Nick Grad said.

UTA-repped Escape Artists, along with Riche Productions, is in post-production on Southpaw, directed by Equalizer helmer Antoine Fuqua, written by Kurt Sutter and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams.