Cannes: Foresight Launches TV Sales Arm (Exclusive)

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Mark Damon

Among the new series is Headliners, a thriller about a missing nuclear cargo that is written by Timothy Scott Bogart.

Foresight Unlimited, the foreign sales company behind Lone Survivor and 2 Guns, is moving into the TV business and launching a television sales arm.

The company unveiled its debut slate of three original series from Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary A. Randall’s Boardwalk Entertainment on the eve of the Cannes film market. The trio of projects are being sold at Cannes where Foresight will be looking to secure co-production partners.

Up first is the one-hour drama series Headliners, a thriller about a freelance reporter/blogger who investigates a controversial story in Russia about missing nuclear cargo. Written by Bogart and executive produced by Bogart, Randall (A&E’s The Glades, TNT’s Saving Grace) and Gotham Chopra (Showtime’s Kobe Bryant’s Muse, ESPN’s The Little Master), the series is based on Chopra’s nonfiction book Familiar Strangers: Uncommon Wisdom in Unlikely Places.

The second project is O.S.S., a fictitious spy drama created by Emmy Award winner Kirk Ellis (HBO’S John Adams) about how William "Wild Bill" Donovan created the nation’s first spy organization, dubbed O.S.S. The series focuses on the elite group of unlikely agents, such as Julia Child and Ian Fleming, trained to undermine the Nazi effort and win the war.

The series stems from a partnership between Boardwalk and former HBO executive and producer Anne Thomopoulos (HBO’s Rome, Canal Plus' The Borgias) and will be executive produced by Ellis, Randall, Thomopoulos and Bogart.

The third project is Paradise Salvage, a globe-trotting treasure hunt series from Jim Kouf, whose screenplay credits include National Treasure and Rush Hour. Kouf, who currently is the showrunner for NBC’s Grimm, and who previously was the showrunner for CBS’ Ghost Whisperer, will executive produce along with Randall and Bogart.

"The business of entertainment is ever changing, with television currently at the forefront of the industry, thus we are thrilled to be teaming up with Boardwalk Entertainment along with some of television’s most talented creatives in Thomopoulos, Chopra, Ellis and Kouf to launch these three original new shows into the international marketplace," Foresight CEO Mark Damon said.

Added Boardwalk partner Bogart: “Foresight’s passion, vision and expertise in the world market sets them apart from anyone else in the field. I can think of no better partner to bring this exciting new slate of powerful and provocative entertainment to the global stage.”

Damon and Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe will handle foreign sales for the new venture and work with their network of overseas partners to co-produce projects with international themes that will be mostly be shot abroad.

Foresight is already at Cannes, where it is handling international sales on Scott Waugh’s $130 million sci-fi film Inversion and Bobby Farrelly’s One Night Stan at the Cannes film market.

Foresight and Boardwalk are currently collaborating on the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold, starring Justin Timberlake as the 1970s record impresario. Foresight's 2014 slate included the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg pairing 2 Guns, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor and Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes.