Lionsgate Signs First-Look Deal With 'Shadow Force' Producer Stephen Love

Stephen Love -  Lionsgate Publicity -H 2019
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His Made With Love Media shingle is currently producing the Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown action two-hander.

Lionsgate has signed a multiyear first-look film development and production deal with indie producer Stephen “Dr.” Love.

Love's shingle Made With Love Media is currently producing the Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown action two-hander Shadow Force, which Lionsgate recently acquired, and Juel Taylor's They Cloned Tyrone for Netflix.

He also recently set up Assisted Living, written by Kay Oyegun, at Paramount; and Notes From a Young Black Chef, based on Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, which will be adapted by Randy McKinnon.

The first-look deal with Love was announced Wednesday by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Love's producing credits include the 2016 feature The Land, writer-director Steven Caple Jr.'s film about four Cleveland teens who use a stolen drug stash to finance their skateboarding aspirations, which debuted at Sundance.

"This partnership with Lionsgate provides an opportunity to work with a best-in-class team as I expand my footprint as a producer," Love, who is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn, said in a statement.

The development and production deal was negotiated by Bonnie Stylides, executive vp business and legal affairs for Lionsgate.