Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Broadway smash Hamilton, has launched a production company, Old 320 Sycamore, which will be based at 20th TV with a pod deal for Kail to develop, supervise and potentially direct broadcast and cable projects. Under the pact, Kail has hired Kate Sullivan, his assistant director on Grease: Live, as Head of Development of his company.
“Working with Tommy on Grease: Live was an incredible experience, and we knew long before the credits rolled that night that we wanted a much more significant relationship with him,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “He has access to a largely untapped talent pool through his years in the New York theater, and he’s fantastically collaborative.”
Added Kail, “I’ve always been drawn to helping find and platform new voices, surprising characters and stories that are relevant to our times. Hopefully, through this deal, we’ll be able to tell those stories in every possible form, from live events, to half-hour and hour scripted, and limited series.”
Kail is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing For a Variety Special for Grease: Live, which received a total of 10 nominations, including Outstanding Special Class Program. Besides Hamilton, Kail directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previous Best Musical winner, In The Heights, for which he also received a Tony nomination. This fall, he will direct the new play Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (who also stars).
Platt has signed a first-look deal with 20th TV.
“Marc Platt is a powerhouse producer with an unparalleled track record of identifying and overseeing spectacular artists and marrying them with incredibly commercial ideas and properties,” said Walden and Newman.
An Academy Award-nominated producer (most recently for Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg), Platt also produced Broadway blockbuster Wicked and is shepherding its upcoming feature film adaptation.