'Southland' Producer Inks Overall Deal at AMC

As part of the two-year pact, Jonathan Lisco will showrun the network’s recently greenlighted drama "Halt & Catch Fire."
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Jonathan Lisco

AMC has locked up Jonathan Lisco.

The Southland producer has inked a two-year overall deal with AMC. As part of the pact, he will run the network’s recently greenlighted Halt & Catch Fire, as well as develop, supervise and run other projects there. The news comes as AMC continues its push to own as much of its content as possible.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Jonathan and excited to have him create here at AMC, starting with showrunning Halt & Catch Fire,” noted AMC’s senior vp scripted development Susie Fitzgerald in a statement, adding: “He has a unique perspective on characters that is really in line with ours – they are deep, layered and do very unexpected things.”

Halt will revolve around the personal computing boom and is told through the eyes of one visionary and one engineering prodigy whose innovations directly threaten the corporate behemoths of the time. Their partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie. Lee PaceScoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe star in the hourlong effort, which hails from AMC Studios and Gran Via Productions.

Lisco previously was under a deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where he created and executive produced the Fox pilot Damages and the Fox series K-Ville. The writer-producer, who also created the John Wells pilot Animal Kingdom, is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.