Entertainment One‘s joint venture with indie producer Armyan Bernstein’s Beacon Pictures will look to develop up to 12 new TV projects annually across all genres, with a focus on one-hour drama series, half-hour comedies and miniseries. As part of the tie-up, eOne and Beacon will jointly pitch and sell projects domestically, while eOne will handle international sales, where it already has biggies on its menu including AMC’s The Walking Dead. Beacon has made its name on the film side with credits including The Commitments, Air Force One, Hurricane, Children Of Men, Open Range, Thirteen Days and Bring It On. Its TV-side efforts include Bernstein producing ABC’s Castle alongside ABC Studios, and it is currently casting Agent X for TNT, with plans to shoot a pilot before year’s end. “Beacon has been in discussions with several international media companies about creating a new media company that specializes in creating high-quality television shows with a worldwide appeal”, Bernstein said in announcing the joint venture. “eOne and its brilliant management team proved to be an irresistible combination because they are a group of terrific people who are really smart, and they have the kind of resources you need to build a successful company in this ever-changing marketplace”. In addition to its overseas distribution business, eOne has been expanding its production efforts in the U.S. with credits including AMC’s Hell On Wheels, the upcoming Discovery miniseries Klondike, Syfy’s Haven and DirecTV’s first original scripted series Rogue starring Thandie Newton.
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