John Legend’s Get Lifted Signs First-Look Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Having worked together on the unfortunately now-canceled Underground, Get Lifted Film Co. and Sony Pictures Television have made their arrangement formal with a first-look deal.

As the rapidly expanding Get Lifted — founded by Oscar winner John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius — ups its game with Sony, it also is promoting from within, I’ve learned. Lezlie Wills has been upped from coordinator to creative executive.

“We’re so excited to be working with Sony,” Jackson told Deadline about the multiyear deal sealed earlier this year. “We got to know Sony really well working with them on Underground and are excited to build upon that relationship moving forward. Additionally, Lezlie’s promotion is well deserved as she’s proven herself to be an invaluable member of our team. We can’t wait to watch her excel in her new role.”

Attorney Nina Shaw of L.A.’s Del, Shaw and WME | IMG’s Andrew Mathes negotiated the deal with Sony TV for Get Lifted.

Having signed an overall production deal for unscripted TV and digital media content with indie studio Critical Content in the spring, the La La Land producers are gearing up to get some new, undisclosed projects out to market following the critically praised two-season pre-Civil War drama Underground, on which they served as EPs.

Get Lifted has had a busy couple of years, with executive producer credits on the Oscar-nominated La La Land from director Damien Chazelle and the Barack and Michelle Obama date pic Southside with You. Among other projects, Get Lifted also EP’d the HBO documentary Southern Rites and the acclaimed Neal Brennan: 3 Mics from the Chappelle’s Show co-creator.

Working with Cary Fukunaga, the company currently has a feature in development based on Tom Reiss’ the Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal,and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, as Deadline exclusively reported.

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