Kennedy, HBO program deal


HBO has signed an exclusive deal with independent producer David Kennedy to develop programming for the premium network across all genres.

Kennedy was president of Dan Curtis Prods. from 1997-2006, executive producing such TV movies as "Saving Milly" for CBS and the Emmy-nominated "Our Fathers" for Showtime. Following the death last year of his partner Dan Curtis ("Dark Shadows," "War and Remembrance"), Kennedy formed his own company, Kennedy Films.

"As a producer, David has a fantastic track record," HBO Films & Miniseries senior vp Kary Antholis said. "His creative instincts and his perseverance in pursuing great material will be important assets to HBO, and we look forward to working closely with him as we continue to develop new programs for the network."

Added Kennedy: "No one uses the art form of television like HBO. They are fearless, they provoke, they educate and they entertain. The opportunity to develop programming exclusively for HBO is a producer's dream come true."  

Kennedy also has served as senior vp programming and sales at Taft Entertainment Co. -- a startup television and movie operation funded by Taft Broadcasting, whose assets included Hanna-Barbara Prods. -- and headed U.S. programming operations for the British company Pearson Television (now FremantleMedia) and its Australian subsidiary Reg Grundy Prods.

Before that, he was in New York serving as executive vp television at ICM, where his clients ranged from Robin Williams to Dr. Seuss to the American Film Institute as well as independent production companies including Curtis'. He also played a key role in the sale of "Saturday Night Live" and "The Kennedy Center Honors."

Kennedy began his career at NBC Sports, where he produced his first TV special -- the first live broadcast of the America's Cup races -- at age 22. He later opened the New York office of Trans World International, a division of International Management Group, an independent producer of sports programming.

Kennedy is repped by Endeavor.