EXCLUSIVE: Olé, the TV production company of director Richard Shepard and producers Sean Furst and Bryan Furst is setting shop at 20th Century Fox TV after a two-year stint at CBS TV Studios. “Richard is a fantastic and versatile director with whom every network wants to be in business, and Sean and Bryan are incredibly talented producers known for smart and distinctive projects,” 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “They share our passion for bold, creatively adventurous television and we think this deal with Olé is going to be an enormously successful partnership.” Added the Fursts, “We are extremely excited and energized as we begin this new alliance with 20th Television, which has produced some of the most compelling television in recent years.”
At CBS Studios, Olé produced the newly picked up CW series Star-Crossed and is developing the family real estate business dramedy Hot Property for ABC Family. Under the new deal, Olé’s Meredith Ditlow has been elevated to Director of Development. Shepard won a DGA and Emmy award for directing the pilot of Ugly Betty and also directed the pilots for Criminal Minds, Ringer and Golden Boy. He has also directed four episodes of HBO’s Girls. On the feature side, Shepard is completing work on the Jude Law film Dom Hemingway, which he wrote and directed. His previous feature, The Matador, first brought Shepard and producers the Fursts together. Sean and Bryan Furst also also co-produced Shepard’s HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale as well as recent John Cusack-Malin Akerman starrer The Numbers Station, and Lionsgate’s vampire pic Daybreakers starring Ethan Hawke. Shepard is repped by WME, Anonymous and attorneys Karl Austen and Alan Wertheimer; the Fursts are with WME and attorney Andrew Hurwitz.