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Paramount Television has inked a first-look deal with Anonymous Content. Under the three-year pact, Paramount TV will receive first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted television programming developed by Anonymous Content, who produce HBO's True Detective and Cinemax's upcoming drama The Knick. The first project will be a drama series inspired by the best-selling novel The Alienist. The news comes nearly two months after Paramount TV tapped Jennifer Howell to oversee comedy development and Annette Savitch to oversee drama development. “I’ve known [Anonymous Content managing partner] Steve [Golin] both professionally and personally for many years, and I
- Philiana Ng
Paramount has hired several new executives to bolster its nascent television division, which it launched last year under the stewardship of Amy Powell. Powell has tapped Jason Fisher as her head of production. Fisher comes from AMC, where he oversaw the production of shows such as “Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” She has also hired David Goldman as the head of business affairs, Jennifer Howell as the head of comedy development, Annette Savitch as the head of drama development and Stephanie Love as head of finance. Also read: Paramount's New TV Chief Amy Powell: We'll Be More Like a Start-Up Than. »
- Lucas Shaw
Paramount Television has tapped five new senior executives, including heads for comedy and drama development. Jennifer Howell, most recently of 20th Century Fox TV, will oversee comedy development, while Annette Savitch, who most recently co-ran Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films, will do the same for drama development. At 20th Century Fox TV, Howell shepherded shows like Bob's Burgers and Allen Gregory and oversaw The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. She also worked as a producer on South Park and ran Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Important Films. While at Handsomecharlie, Savitch helped produced the in-development title Pride and
- Philiana Ng
Paramount’s nascent TV division has named its head of comedy and drama development along with other key execs working under prexy Amy Powell.
Powell has spent the past few months assembling a handful of high-end projects and a core team of execs. She’s in the unusual position of launching a startup with the benefit of deep pockets and the archive of a studio more than 100 years old.
“It’s not only all the great movies we’ve released over the years but all the books and the articles and the life rights we own, and the great screenplays that never made it to the screen,” Powell told Variety. “To be able to walk in here with a literal clean slate and (chairman) Brad (Grey’s) directive — it’s the best of all worlds.”
For Powell, the focus is on “quality, not quantity” of projects. She’s looking to »
- Cynthia Littleton
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