Barry Josephson Inks First-Look Deal With FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia Enterprises has inked a first-look deal with Bones producer Barry Josephson to develop new drama properties for U.S. cable networks and the global marketplace.
As part of the pact with Josephson Entertainment, the company has tapped Tia Maggini as vp television, who will work with Jeff Tahler, FME's senior vp global content, and Tony Optican, senior vp scripted programming for FremantleMedia North America, to develop new projects.
Tuesday's announcement comes as Josephson Entertainment is already developing projects for FME, including The Dover Agenda, a drama pilot in development at Syfy.
"U.S. cable drama is now the most consistently compelling content anywhere on television. Having identified the opportunities that exist on these networks, FME is partnering with the industry’s most prominent talent in order to help create high-quality dramas that not only work for U.S. audiences but which also have worldwide appeal," FME Global CEO David Ellender said in a statement announcing the deal. "With several exciting projects already in the pipeline, our deal with Josephson is off to a flying start.”
Since FME launches its global drama initiative three years ago, the company has inked first-look deals with producers that has resulted in TBS' Wedding Band and Sky Atlantic's Hit & Miss.
Maggini comes from Disney Channel Original Movies, where she oversaw acquisitions. Before that, she was a senior exec at Marc Platt Productions.