I. Marlene King, the creative force behind Freeform’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars and the upcoming Famous in Love, has re-upped her overall deal with Warner Bros. TV and its cable division Warner Horizon which produces the two series. The new agreement will transform King’s Long Lake Media into a WBTV-based pod, with Outerbanks Entertainment exec Lauren Wagner joining the company as EVP development.
The extension continues the relationship between the studio and King which began in 2009 with the development of hit drama series Pretty Little Liars. King is executive producing the seventh and final season of PLL on Freeform, the final 10 episodes of which will air in April 2017, wrapping with a two-hour finale. It will be followed by the premiere episode of King’s new series Famous in Love, an hourlong soapy drama that spotlights the darkside of fame, starring Bella Thorne.
Wagner, who will get a producer credit on future Long Lake Media series she helps develop, joined forces with King after four years serving as a creative executive for Kevin Williamson’s WBTV-based production company Outerbanks Entertainment.
Long Lake Media, which will develop for both network and cable, already has several projects in the works, including The Perfectionists, which is based on the book series by PLL author Sara Shepard. The project has been in the works at Freeform with Brandon Camp writing.
King’s prior credits include writing a segment of the Emmy-and Golden Globe-nominated HBO telefilm If These Walls Could Talk, as well as creating and executive producing the PLL spinoff series Ravenswood. On the film side, she wrote the screenplay for Just My Luck. King also recently wrote the feature adaptation of The Merciless for Alloy Entertainment and Lionsgate. She is repped by WME.