11:19am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Lillah McCarthy Joins Allison Shearmur Productions
Television development vet Lillah McCarthy has joined Allison Shearmur Productions.
She will be the head of the growing company’s television operations, which has a first-look deal with Lionsgate. Allison Shearmur Productions is currently executive producing the ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing, in association with Lionsgate TV. On the film side, Shearmur is currently producing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and executive producing Power Rangers, Lionsgate’s adaptation of the long-running television franchise. She recently produced Disney’s Cinderella, as well as the forthcoming thriller Nerve, starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts.
McCarthy has been instrumental in the development of numerous original series over the past 12 years at TNT and TBS, most recently serving as the cable network’s senior vp of original programming. She shepherded such hits as The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, along with Falling Skies, Rizzoli & Isles and The Last Ship. Prior to her years at TBS and TNT, McCarthy was the executive producer of the CBS drama Early Edition, starring Kyle Chandler, as well as numerous pilots, both comedies and dramas, while under an overall deal with Sony Television.
"Lillah is one of the most successful development and programming executives in our industry,” said Shearmur. She has great taste, experience and a phenomenal touch with the material she champions, and she is respected and admired by talent, programming executives, agents and writers. I have known Lillah for many years and am thrilled and excited to partner with her as we expand our footprint in television.”
Said Chris Selak, executive vp television at Lionsgate: "Alli and her company have done a tremendous job with our upcoming musical event Dirty Dancing and as her television operations grow, we are talking about developing several other unique, attention-grabbing projects. We have worked with Lillah for many years and believe that her creativity and network background are the perfect fit for the types of TV projects we plan to do with Alli.”
Said McCarthy: "I have been honored to work with some of the most talented people in the business both within the networks and in the entertainment community at large, so I'm thrilled to continue that creative collaboration as I work with Alli and the team at Allison Shearmur Productions. This is a tremendous and talented team and I am looking forward to developing fresh ideas as we support new voices.”