Thirtysomething creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz have signed a multi-year first-look TV deal with Lionsgate to create and produce scripted programming.
The duo, who also created My So-Called Life, Relativity, Once And Again and the influential online series quarterlife, most recently had an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
“Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are inspired filmmakers whose groundbreaking work revolutionized television drama,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “They are brilliant storytellers with a track record of creating compelling and memorable scripted shows, and we’re excited about exploring new creative opportunities together as we continue to expand our Lionsgate TV brand across multiple platforms.”
Through their Bedford Falls banner, Herskovitz and Zwick produced such movies as Legends Of The Fall, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, all of which were directed by Zwick, as well as I Am Sam and Traffic. Zwick most recently directed and produced Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber, which was released in September.
“There’s a revolution in television right now, and Lionsgate is helping to lead the way,” said Herskovitz and Zwick, “Its emphasis on innovation and artistic vision makes it the perfect home for the kind of personal and passionate filmmaking we’ve always pursued.”
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