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Lionsgate TV Inks Overall Deal with Karyn Usher and Lisa Zwerling's Carpool Entertainment
Lionsgate TV has locked in Karyn Usher and Lisa Zwerling.
The writer-producers have signed a multi-year overall television deal with the studio to develop and produce original scripted programming through their new company, Carpool Entertainment.
Under Zwerling’s previous overall deal with ABC Studios, she executive produced Betrayal and co-executive produced FlashForward. She also created and executive produced NBC’s Julia Stiles starrer Midnight Sun and spent five seasons as a producer-writer-editor on ER.
Usher, who recently concluded an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, wrote for Fox’s Prison Break. During the show’s entire four season run, she went from co-producer to co-executive producer before joining Bones, for which she wrote and co-executive produced for two seasons. In addition, she created and executive produced Delirium and Rogue for Fox.
Usher and Zwerling previously worked together on John Wells’ Presidio Med, and have now reunited to form Carpool Entertainment with a mission of developing cable content with new voices.
“Lisa and Karyn are remarkably talented writers and producers who bring a wealth of series television experience to Lionsgate,” said Chris Selak, executive vp of television at the studio “We are continually impressed with their artistic range and are thrilled about exploring new opportunities and creating new worlds together as we continue to broaden our Lionsgate TV brand.”
“We've gained a lot of valuable experience over the years, and are excited about the ever-evolving nature of television right now,” added Usher and Zwerling. “We wanted to find a new way to expand our capabilities, both in creating shows and helping other writers execute their visions. Lionsgate takes a unique approach in making great shows and finding the perfect home for them. We're super lucky to be here.”
Zwerling and Usher are repped by WME.