12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Vertigo Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal at Sony TV
Vertigo Entertainment is on the move.
The Roy Lee-headed production company has exited its Warner Bros. Television deal and signed a multiyear, first-look pact with fellow independent studio Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Under the new agreement, Vertigo Entertainment — which produces Fox's The Exorcist and AMC's The Son — will create and develop new scripted and unscripted projects for SPTS. Michael Connolly will continue to run Vertigo's TV department, while Melissa Lora — who arrived from Bad Robot Productions in 2015 as a coordinator for the upstart division — has been promoted to director of development.
"Roy and I are very excited to be in business with [SPTS co-presidents] Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter and the whole SPTV team," Connolly said Thursday in a statement. "It was important for us to land at a studio that supported our ambitious creative goals and had both the willingness and the ability to program across the broadest array of cable, broadcast and digital platforms. SPTV is that studio and is in a unique position to leverage our strengths at Vertigo."
Vertigo's previous TV credits include A&E's Bates Motel and Netflix's Hemlock Grove. As part of the company's WBTV deal, Vertigo developed Amazon's The Departed reboot and sold a comedy script to NBC. On the feature side, Vertigo's titles include It, The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon and The Departed. The company, which before WBTV had a first-look TV cable deal at Fox 21, is repped by CAA and attorney Rick Genow.