Black Label Media, the 3-year-old financing and producing company founded by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill, is making a push in television with a two-year, first-look deal at ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature. Under the pact, BLM will develop series projects for cable and broadcast.
The deal stems from Smith’s relationship with ABC Signature SVP Tracy Underwood, who was instrumental in bringing BLM to ABC Studios for their first TV deal.
“I’ve been looking to bring in new producers to the ABC Studios family who have both cable and broadcast sensibility,” Underwood said. “Molly Smith and I had a long-standing relationship from developing in features together. She has fantastic taste and is a talent magnet.”
Coincidentally, both Black Label Media and ABC Signature were launched in 2013.
“We started Black Label Media with the goal of providing great filmmakers with a home to create quality films and content,” said the BLM partners. “We are excited to broaden our scope into television and believe that ABC Signature represents a perfect partner who shares our taste for quality work and a desire to work with the best and brightest of those content creators.”
BLM’s features to date include Sicario, Demolition, 71 and The Good Lie. In TV, the company has family drama Infinium in development at NBC International. Created by Eli Kooris and Josh Shaffer, Infinium is set in the world of the high-stakes global pharmaceutical industry, exploring the real-world implications of the discovery of the fountain of youth.
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