Producer Dan Halsted Inks First-Look Development Deal With Fox TV Studios (Exclusive)
Fox Television Studios has made another sizable addition to its roster.
Mere weeks after signing both the Weitz brothers and Laurence Fishburne's shingle, the studio behind such series as USA's Burn Notice and AMC's The Killing has inked a first-look development deal with Garden State producer and Manage-ment founder Dan Halsted.
“Dan and I go back years together – he was the studio executive on a movie I produced called The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. Since those days, he’s assembled a sensational roster of edgy writers and filmmakers, and he’s also proved ingenious at jumpstarting features and television shows," said FtvS president David Madden.
He continued, "Coming off our joint USA pilot, Over/Under, which turned out wonderfully, we all felt we wanted to extend the relationship. We’re thrilled to be working with Dan to develop compelling new series with the highly respected writers he is bringing into our fold.”
Adds Halsted, who brings with him rich relationships with both the agencies and a-list directors: "They're really making great television, and they can go everywhere as a studio ... This is like making a bet on one of the new, cool studios in town."
Through Manange-ment, for which Halsted serves as CEO, he represents a growing collection of award-winning film and TV writers and directors, who are already develop primarily cable fare with Halsted and FtvS. Among them: Reggie Bythewood (Notorious), Sheila Callaghan (United States of Tara), André and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Andrea King (Sex and the City), George Mastras (Breaking Bad) and Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies).
Prior to Manage-ment, Halsted produced a series of film and TV efforts, including The Virgin Suicides, S.W.A.T., UPN's Platinum and TNT's Witchblade. He also teamed with Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to launch Illusion Entertainment, a production company responsible for such films as Nixon, Any Given Sunday and the award-winning documentary The Last Days of Kennedy and King for TBS.