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Lionsgate Inks First Look Deal With 'Home Improvement' Co-Creator (Exclusive)

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Matt Williams

Matt Williams and his Wind Dancer Films will work with the studio to develop both comedies and dramas.

Home Improvement co-creator Matt Williams is laying down a foundation at Lionsgate.

Williams and his Wind Dancer Films have inked a first-look television deal with Lionsgate. Under the new deal, the six-time Emmy nominee -- whose credits include Roseanne and The Cosby Show -- will work with the studio to develop comedies and dramas.

“Matt and his partners at Wind Dancer are masterful producers, known for creating and developing distinctive original material with great success,” said Lionsgate Television Group president Kevin Beggs. "We’ve already discussed a number of exciting ideas and can’t wait to get started."

Added Williams: “I am very excited to be working with Kevin and his team at Lionsgate. It feels like a great match for Wind Dancer Films, and we look forward to this collaboration.”  


Williams' TV career began with a writer-producer gig on The Cosby Show, before he co-created the spinoff A Different World. Following that, Williams formed his Wind Dancer Production Group with Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean. Under their Wind Dancer banner, he co-created Home Improvement, Carol Burnett’s Carol & Company, Dave Chappelle’s Buddies and Dan Aykroyd’s Soul Man.

In 2008, the industry vet launched Wind Dancer Films with McFadzean -- along with company president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne -- to produce and finance films and create and produce television. The shingle’s films include Bernie, As Cool as I Am, Nancy Meyer's What Women Want and Where the Heart Is, which Williams also directed.

Williams is represented by WME.

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