11:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Anonymous Content Extends Paramount TV First-Look Deal Through 2019
Anonymous Content is staying in business with Paramount Television.
The studio has extended its first-look deal with the production and management company through the end of 2019.
As part of the pact, Paramount will retain first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted TV programming for broadcast, premium cable, cable and streaming companies that hails from Anonymous Content. The partnership, which dates back to 2014, will also now include a co-financing component.
Thus far, the pact has produced four television series: Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, which has been renewed for a second season; EPIX's Berlin Station, which returns later this year for its second season; TNT's period drama The Alienist, which premieres at the end of 2017; and the highly anticipated Netflix dark comedy Maniac, which stars Oscar winner Emma Stone and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and hails from Emmy-winning True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.
The deal extension is an important move for Paramount TV, which only relaunched in 2013. Their other series include USA's Shooter and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, both adapted from previous Paramount movies. The Paramount label will return to the small screen in a bigger way come January when Spike TV is rebranded as the Paramount Network, part of the recent cable channel restructuring under Bob Bakish, the new CEO and president at Paramount's parent company Viacom.
"We consider ourselves lucky to continue our successful partnership with the entire team at Anonymous Content,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “From day one, we have worked together seamlessly to identify and pursue projects that are pushing the envelope creatively. We are excited to continue our partnership to identify and deliver premium content to a global audience.”
In addition to their collaborations with Paramount TV, Anonymous Content's other series include the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Mr. Robot on USA Network and Netflix's Brit Marling drama The OA, which has been renewed for a second season.
"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Paramount Television,” said Steve Golin, founder and CEO of Anonymous Content. “Collaborating with Amy Powell, [Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO] Jim Gianopulos and their incredible team has been deeply rewarding, and we look forward to expanding upon the great slate of content we have developed together.”