The Cartel, the U.S. production and management group, which is currently developing a series based on the life of Jack Daniel with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, has tapped Drew Brown as its Head of Television.
Brown, who had been working on the drama series at his label Fascination Street, which had a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television, will lead the company’s scripted TV slate.
Based in LA, he starts immediately, working closely with Stan Spry, Co-Chief Executive of The Cartel. He previously produced Project Runway and a raft of non-scripted series including A&E’s Barter Kings and Oxygen’s Funny Girls before moving into scripted television in 2016. He has worked with Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorian Productions and separately with America Ferrera and Teri Weinberg’s production company to develop two scripted projects that were recently sold to NBC Universal.
He has also worked with Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farms, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, Aaron Paul’s Lucid Road and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films on a number of projects.
“Since first working with Drew we knew that we were like-minded,” said Spry. “He’s hard working, driven, and has tremendous instincts. He created two very successful companies on his own, and we are thrilled that he is bringing his skills, projects, and relationships to the Cartel. We look forward to working with him to continue to build our company, expand our portfolio, and create unique opportunities for our clients.”
“I’m thrilled to join the Cartel team to further expand the company’s slate,” added Brown. “With an exciting roster of clients and great IP, we’re targeting edgy, character-driven drama and fresh, unique voices in comedy.”