'The Blacklist' Producers Ink First Look Deal at Sony TV (Exclusive)
Hot off a spectacular pilot season, Davis Entertainment will continue its small-screen push.
Though its main business remains film, the company has inked a first-look deal at Sony Pictures TV. As part of the two-year pact, John Davis and John Fox will develop additional television projects for both cable and broadcast. The duo went two-for-two this past development season, selling both Ironside and The Blacklist to NBC. The former is a Universal TV project, while the latter is set up at Sony.
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During an appearance before the Television Critics Association summer press tour Saturday, Blacklist producer Jon Bokenkamp noted that it was Fox, a former movie-studio exec, who initially came up with the series' idea. It’s worth noting that Blacklist, in particular, has garnered strong early buzz among critics and international buyers, making it one of the most anticipated new series of the fall season.
In addition to a noteworthy expansion into TV, Davis is also making a foray into the theater business. In early July, 20th Century Fox announced that it had formed a joint venture with Davis, top Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, Avenue Q) and industry exec Tom McGrath, to develop live stage productions based upon 20th's vast film library. The venture is expected to develop a slate of at least nine musicals over the next several years, as well as to develop and produce stage properties based on Fox films that, following their theatrical runs, can return to the silver screen in their new form.
Davis is best known for a vast film portfolio that includes Predator, The Firm and I, Robot. His company is currently prepping Victor Von Frankenstein, among several other high-profile projects, for the big screen.