'Manhunt' Producer John Goldwyn Inks First-Look Deal With Lionsgate TV

The 'Dexter' EP will develop new scripted projects for the independent studio through his self-named banner.
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John Goldwyn is setting up shop at Lionsgate Television.

The Manhunt: Unabomber and Dexter producer has signed a first-look deal at the independent TV studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Through the pact, Goldwyn will develop and produce scripted TV projects for networks as well as streaming platforms through his John Goldwyn productions banner. Goldwyn will also remain attached to all future potential seasons of anthology Manhunt, which hailed from Lionsgate and aired on Discovery.

"John Goldwyn is a singular creative force in both television and film, and he is doing an incredible job leading the creative team on the Manhunt: Unabomber series for Discovery,” said Lionsgate executive vp and head of worldwide scripted television Chris Selak. "From Dexter to Manhunt, John has proven himself adept at creating the kind of platform-defining content on which we’re focused, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our relationship with him. He’s a tremendous addition to our growing creative family.”

While Manhunt opened to solid reviews in August, the drama has not yet been renewed for a second season. He also worked at Discovery as a consultant and executive producer of scripted content and exec produced the cabler's first scripted limited series, Harley & the Davidsons.

"John is a world-class creative voice who has brought us Manhunt: Unabomber and other great scripted projects,” said Discovery Channel group president Rich Ross. "We’re very excited about his first-look deal with our friends at Lionsgate. His prodigious talent and strong relationships at both Discovery and Lionsgate will continue to strengthen the close collaboration between our two companies.”

Before his work with Discovery, Goldwyn served as an exec producer on Showtime's hit serial killer drama Dexter. The son of prolific film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Goldwyn also produced films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I'm Not There and Baby Mama. Before segueing to a producer role, he served as president and then vice chairman of Paramount's Motion Picture Group for more than a decade, during which time he oversaw Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan and Mission: Impossible.

"Lionsgate is one of the most exciting and dynamic creative forces in the television world today," said Goldwyn. "Working with Kevin, Sandra, Chris and the rest of the Lionsgate team on Manhunt is an incredibly rewarding experience, and I look forward to extending this collaboration to exciting new projects in the future."

Goldwyn is the latest producer to ink a pact with Lionsgate TV, following Joel Silver (Veronica Mars), Courtney Kemp (Power) and Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz (Nashville).

Goldwyn is repped by attorney Don Steele at Hansen, Jacobson.

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