Kerry Washington Taps 'Django' Producer to Head Development (Exclusive)

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Pilar Savone

Pilar Savone will head development for the 'Scandal' star's Simpson Street production company.

Kerry Washington is adding to her development team.

The Scandal star has tapped Django Unchained producer Pilar Savone to head development for her ABC Studios-based Simpson Street production banner. Savone will serve as executive vp production and development for the company.

The deal marks a reunion for Washington and Savone, who worked together on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Washington inked the overall deal with ABC Studios last year and will develop broadcast, cable and streaming projects for the producers of Scandal as well as its cable arm ABC Signature. The first project under the pact was the Emmy-nominated HBO TV movie Confirmation, which Washington starred in and exec produced.

Washington's Simpson Street shingle also is developing feature films based on the books The Perfect Mother, which is set up at Tri-Star, and The Mothers, which is in the works at Warner Bros.

Savone's credits include Inglorious Basterds and Death Proof, and serving as an assistant director on Jackie Brown before working as Tarantino's assistant on the Kill Bill features. Her career started as an assistant director with credits including Spy Game, Company Man, Arlington Road, The Minus Man and Nowhere. Savone is a graduate of Syracuse University.

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