'True Detective' Producer Anonymous Content Inks Three-Year Paramount TV Deal

The first project will be a drama adaptation of "The Alienist."

Paramount Television has inked a first-look deal with Anonymous Content.

Under the three-year pact, Paramount TV will receive first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted television programming developed by Anonymous Content, who produce HBO's True Detective and Cinemax's upcoming drama The Knick.

The first project will be a drama series inspired by the best-selling novel The Alienist.

The news comes nearly two months after Paramount TV tapped Jennifer Howell to oversee comedy development and Annette Savitch to oversee drama development.

“I’ve known [Anonymous Content managing partner] Steve [Golin] both professionally and personally for many years, and I have enormous respect for the sophisticated and entertaining movies and television Anonymous Content creates,” said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “As we build our television business, we are proud to welcome the Anonymous team into the Paramount family.”

Added Golin and Michael Sugar, Anonymous Content managing partner: “This new partnership with Paramount Television creates limitless opportunities for our emerging television business, and we are thrilled to be taking the next step with Brad, Amy and their terrific team.”

“We’re very excited to be collaborating with Anonymous Content as we continue to establish Paramount Television as a home for creative talent and find partners who share in our vision for compelling and original television programming,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television. “The Anonymous team has an incredible track record for developing masterful storytelling and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Paramount TV already has a deep bench of projects, including Fox's three-hour live Grease production airing in 2015, and several in development: Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's biography; a Joe Carnahan crime drama; a redo of The Truman Show; and adaptations of The Village and Ghost. The studio also has a multiproject deal with Craig Brewer.

Anonymous Content is behind the recently wrapped pilot for Cinemax's Quarry and has several films in preproduction including Triple Nine and The Revenant.