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The studio announced Friday that it has inked a two-year overall production deal with John Cameron, which will cover all projects developed for television, be it on cable or on broadcast. In addition to the pact, he is joining forces with Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, also locked up at FXP, to become a partner in Hawley’s 26 Keys production company.
“John Cameron was instrumental in the success of Fargo, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him on new projects through FXP and also on the next installment of Fargo,” said original programming president Nick Grad.
Added Cameron: “FXP is an organization fervently committed to creating exceptional television, and I am thrilled to move forward into the future with them. Noah, of course, is a singular storyteller and astonishing talent. I am honored to partner with him to continue to produce inspired entertainment for the screen.”
The news comes after the springtime Billy Bob Thornton entry, which averaged more than 6.3 million weekly viewers, delivered big at the Emmys, winning in key categories, including outstanding miniseries. In July, FX announced it would be ordering a second installment, with the next 10-part effort to be set in the late-70s in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Luverne, Minn. The network has yet to announce a premiere date, much less a cast.
Cameron brings with him a prolific film-centric résumé, which includes a co-producer credit on the Fargo film as well as other Coen Brothers flicks The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Man Who Wasn’t There; Intolerable Cruelty; and The Ladykillers. Additionally, he has worked on both the film and TV versions of Friday Night Lights as well as Lars and the Real Girl, Rushmore and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, among others.
“John has the perfect sensibility for the show and for my taste in general,” noted Hawley. “In launching a company, it’s not enough to just find great projects. You’ve got to get them made and made right. John’s experience in both physical production and material development make him an ideal partner.”
Cameron is repped by ICM Partners and Ziffren Brittenham. Hawley and 26 Keys are repped by CAA and McKuin Frankel.
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