The Weinstein Company has closed a first-look TV development deal with director-cinematographer Alik Sakharov. Under the pact, Sakharov will develop original ideas for television to both direct and produce. He will also continue to be involved in TWC and Netflix series Marco Polo, returning to direct additional episodes in the second season. Sakharov most recently directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game Of Thrones and Marco Polo. He was also the co-executive producer on Black Sails for Starz.

Weinstein Company Logo“I spent a great deal of time with Alik on the set of Marco Polo and watched him work closely with the actors,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company. “He is incredibly talented, has a unique vision and we are thrilled to keep him in the TWC family for both our television division and potentially for feature films.”

“Having been lucky enough to work with some of the greatest television directors and producers of my generation, the opportunity to collaborate with Harvey Weinstein and his team is very gratifying,” said Sakharov.

Sakharov served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably for HBO with such projects as The Sopranos, Rome, Sex And The City, and Game Of Thrones. In 2007, he won the cinematography Primetime Emmy for Rome episode “Passover.” He is repped by Paul Alan Smith of ESA.