David Manson, who has served as executive producer of the Netflix series House of Cards, Ozark and Bloodline, has signed a two-year overall deal with Paramount Television to develop new projects and work on select existing ones for the studio via his Sarabande Productions banner.
The first potential series developed under the deal will be an adaption of Jacques Audiard’s César Award-winning 2001 French film Read My Lips with writer Nic Sheff (13 Reasons Why, Beautiful Boy). Sheff brought the project to Paramount TV and will work on the adaption with Manson. The series tells the unexpected love story between ex-convict Paul and deaf secretary Carla as they help one another navigate the worlds of blue and white-collar crime. The roles of Paul and Carla were played by Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos in the film.
“We are big fans of David and have connected over our shared vision for identifying cinematic and prestigious projects,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV. “His vision and experience fit perfectly with what we do and we are excited to have him as part of the Paramount TV team.”
As executive producer of House of Cards, Manson has shared an Emmy, PGA and WGA award nominations. He also created the 2006 TNT medical drama series Saved, and his other credits include New Amsterdam and Big Love. Manson is repped by CAA and attorneys Joel Behr and Jennifer Levy,
Paramount TV’s slate includes the upcoming Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski on Amazon; 13 Reasons Why on Netflix; Catch-22, a six-part Hulu series from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, George Clooney and Grant Heslov; The Alienist on TNT; First Wives Club, debuting on Paramount Network in 2019; Shooter on USA; crime drama Berlin Station on Epix with Anonymous Content; The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV; and Maniac, a dark comedy series directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill for Netflix.
“When I looked at the smart, literate slate of projects that Amy and her team have developed, I knew there was a mutuality of taste,” said Manson.
He joins a list of other top creators and producers who have partnered with Paramount TV to develop content, including Tom McCarthy, Joe and Anthony Russo, Alex Cary, Tracy Oliver, Brian Yorkey, Morten Tyldum, Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Anne Rice, Carlton Cuse, Mark Wahlberg, Selena Gomez, Eric Roth, Kim Rosenstock, Patrick Somerville and Paul Feig.