The Hate U Give director George Tillman, Jr. is expanding his relationship with Fox, signing a multi-year first-look producing deal with 20th Century Fox TV, via his State Street Pictures. Under the pact, the studio will have the first look at any new television projects Tillman, Jr. and his State Street Pictures, which he runs with producing partner Robert Teitel, create, develop or supervise. It also calls for Tillman to potentially direct new television projects for the studio, both comedy and drama. The deal is effective immediately. Tillman’s State Street Pictures has been under a first look film deal with Fox 2000.
“I’ve known George and his producing partner Bob Teitel for over a decade and was eager to bring them to 20th, and Dana (Walden), Gary (Newman), Jonnie (Davis) and Howard (Kurtzman) were immediately supportive,” commented Terence Carter, EVP, Comedy and Drama Development. “In addition to having fantastic experiences developing with George and Bob over the years, I’ve always been a huge fan personally of everything they do. The Hate U Give was easily one of the most powerful films of last year, and these creators instinctually gravitate toward and create the kind of thoughtful, entertaining programming we aspire to do at this studio. They have an incredible talent for balancing commercially viable entertainment with socially relevant, poignant drama.”
Said Tillman, Jr, “I’m thrilled to be working with Terence and the wonderful team at 20th,” said Tillman. “Fox has been my creative home for telling stories on the feature side for many years, and Bob and I couldn’t be happier to expand State Street into the television space. It’s an exciting time in TV and we can’t wait to get started.”
Tillman, Jr. has directed and produced noteworthy features such as The Hate U Give, Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious, The Longest Ride, and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, as well as episodes of TV series Power, Luke Cage and This Is Us. He has also served as an executive producer of Showtime’s Soul Food: The Series, co-produced the MGM Barbershop franchise films, which grossed over $200 million worldwide, and executive produced Mudbound, which went on to receive four Academy Award nominations.
State Street’s VP of Film and Television, Jay Marcus, will run day-to-day on the deal with Lawrence Mott serving as creative executive.
Tillman, Jr. is repped by CAA, managed by Lindsay Williams, and his attorney is Steve Burkow of Ziffren Brittenham.