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FX Productions Inks Deal With 'Hunger Games' Producers

Nina Jacobson Office Portrait - P 2012
Christopher Patey
Nina Jacobson

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force will develop series projects from its own stable of writer-producers.

FX Productions has inked a first-look production deal with The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their five-year-old production company, Color Force, exclusively for cable.

As part of the pact, Color Force will develop series projects from writer-producers, as well as secure the rights to published material that can be adapted into television series. To date, Jacobson has had no discussions about adapting Hunger Games for television, nor has she decided to commit solely to drama or comedy.

At this stage, the former film executive, who counts Friday NIght Lights, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy among her favorite shows, is open to both genres and the freedom that television offers.

"There are so many rich, complex characters on TV who are flawed and who don’t always grow and change for the better that are finding a home on television in a way that is very difficult in film," Jacobson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "With film, you have your two hours to tell your story, and it’s very difficult to explore a darker hero."

The pact is FX Productions' first POD deal that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. The company, which has ramped up both its staff and its mandate in recent months, currently has output deals in place with the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's executive producers' RCG Productions and the Archer EPs' Floyd County Productions.

“Over the past 20 years, Nina Jacobson has amassed one of the most successful bodies of work in the film business, both as an executive and a producer,” says FX Networks general manager John Landgraf. “We are thrilled that she and Brad Simpson have chosen to partner with FX Productions for their first venture into television.”

Jacobson's move into television comes after a two-decade career in film. More recently, she has garnered attention as the producer of both Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has grossed more than $70 million, and the smash-hit Hunger Games, which has generated $408 million at the domestic box office.

The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of Color Force.

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