'The Hate U Give' Director Inks First-Look Pact With 20th TV

George Tillman Jr. and his State Street Pictures banner will create, develop, supervise and possibly direct projects for the studio.
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George Tillman Jr.

The Hate U Give director George Tillman Jr. is setting his sights on television.

Tillman and his State Street Pictures banner have inked a first-look producing deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, Tillman and State Street partner Robert Teitel will create, develop, supervise and possibly direct new TV projects for the studio, which is on the cusp of becoming a Disney-owned unit. The multiyear deal is effective immediately.

"I’ve known George and his producing partner Bob Teitel for over a decade and was eager to bring them to 20th, and Dana [Walden], Gary [Newman], Jonnie [Davis] and Howard [Kurtzman] were immediately supportive,” said Terence Carter, executive vp comedy and drama development at the studio. “In addition to having fantastic experiences developing with George and Bob over the years, I’ve always been a huge fan personally of everything they do. The Hate U Give was easily one of the most powerful films of last year, and these creators instinctually gravitate toward and create the kind of thoughtful, entertaining programming we aspire to do at this studio. They have an incredible talent for balancing commercially viable entertainment with socially relevant, poignant drama.” 

Tillman's credits includes Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious, The Longest Ride and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, as well as episodes of TV series including Power, Luke Cage and the studio's This Is Us. He previously executive produced Showtime's Soul Food: The Series and co-produced features including the Barbershop franchise and Mudbound.

State Street vp film and TV Jay Marcus will run day to day on the deal, with Lawrence Mott serving as creative exec. Marcus previously managed scripted development at MTV, including Faking It and Finding Carter.

Tillman is repped by CAA, manager Lindsay William and Ziffren Brittenham.