EXCLUSIVE: John Lyons, the former Focus Features President of Production who steered such Oscar-winning films as Milk, Brokeback Mountain and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has signed a multi-year first look production deal at Topic Studios.
Under the agreement, Lyons will develop and produce feature film projects for the Oscar-winning Spotlight studio to finance. At Focus, Lyons was also behind such acclaimed features as Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading and A Serious Man, Cary Fukanaga’s Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. Lyons’ independent producing credits include Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight and Boogie Nights, Peter Hedges’ Pieces of April, and Universal’s Sisters as well as the HBO series The Young Pope with Paolo Sorrentino.
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