Atmosphere and eOne Partner on 'King David' Drama

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The two companies will jointly develop and produce the one-hour epic series from writers Patrick Moss and Jeremy Anderson.

TORONTO – Entertainment One is partnering with Mark Canton's Atmosphere Entertainment on the epic King David drama from writers Patrick Moss and Jeremy Anderson.

The one-hour drama, billed as a "mafia show in biblical clothing," will be jointly developed and produced after Atmosphere conceived the series with Moss and Anderson, and eOne's TV division boarded the project.

"Over the years, I’ve had a penchant for developing cutting-edge dramatic properties with historical roots and broad audience appeal,” said Canton in a statement on Tuesday. "King David fits that bill, and there are no better teammates than John (Morayniss), Michael (Rosenberg) and their colleagues at eOne to bring the series to the global arena."

King David will be executive produced by Morayniss and Rosenberg for eOne, and Canton, with Atmosphere’s David Hopwood and Matthew Einstein serving as co-executive producers.

Moss and Anderson earlier sold Legacy, a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic novel Great Expectations, to ABC. Moss’ credits also include The Unit.

King David pulls the Biblical hero out of scripture and brings the contradictory warrior-king and patriarch into a character who must make monstrous choices that betray his personal ideals and turn his family against him.

Moss and Anderson are represented by Seth Nagel at Code Entertainment and Katie Cates at Resolution. Canton is represented by Jacob A. Bloom and Leigh Brecheen of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Shenkman & Goodman.

eOne, which is best known for producing and distributing dramas like Rookie Blue, Klondike and Bitten, will handle worldwide distribution for King David.