9:51am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Endeavor, Chernin Pact for TV Drama Development
Endeavor Content and Chernin Entertainment have teamed to develop scripted dramas for a global audience.
The two companies will leverage global market opportunity to collaborate with top-tier creative talent for premium content with international appeal. Chernin Entertainment will produce all projects under the agreement, while Endeavor Content will handle international sales and provide advisory services.
"This is a new, leaner studio model with state-of-the-art distribution focused on today’s evolving global marketplace. The partnership with Endeavor Content will allow us to dedicate the bulk of our capital to championing artists and their creative vision," Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin said.
This is the first partnership announced since Endeavor Content was formed. The organization united WME and IMG's scripted TV and film financing and sales groups.
"Peter Chernin’s track record speaks for itself. He is one of the most prolific content creators in our business, demonstrating time and again his ability to identify great stories that resonate with global audiences,” said Endeavor Content co-president Chris Rice. Added Endeavor Content co-president Graham Taylor: “We look forward to combining his creative expertise and Endeavor Content’s platform to bring high-end scripted drama series to life.”
Chernin Entertainment's TV division includes Fox's New Girl, among others. Jenno Topping serves as president of Chernin Entertainment, while Kristen Campo is exec vp TV at the company.
The deal arrives after Chernin's two-year TV partnership with NBCUniversal came to an end. Before that, Chernin had a long-term pact at 20th Century Fox Television, which resulted in New Girl.