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The People v. O.J. Simpson producers, who both took home Emmys on Sunday for best limited series, have signed a new overall deal with FX Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
As part of the pact, Jacobson, Simpson and their production company, Color Force, will draw on relationships with writer-producers and pursue literary properties for all TV platforms. The agreement extends the first-look deal Jacobson, Simpson and Color Force signed with FXP back in 2012.
“For the past four years, we have had the honor of working with Nina and Brad, and we’re grateful that they will continue to call FX Productions their home for television,” FX Networks and Productions’ original programming presidents Eric Schrier and Nick Grad said Thursday in a statement. “Nina and Brad are two of the most accomplished producers in the business, and their Emmy Award-winning limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story speaks volumes about their extraordinary talents. We’re looking forward to working on many more great projects with them.”
Jacobson and Simpson added: “[FX CEO] John Landgraf and his team at FX have the taste, talent and conviction to inspire the creators who work with them. Their unwavering support and encouragement made The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story one of the most creatively gratifying experiences of our careers. We are proud to be partners with the most innovative people in the business and thrilled to call FX our home.”
The deal comes days after The People v. O.J. Simpson nabbed nine Emmys on Sunday night: best limited series, actress in a limited series, actor in a limited series, supporting actor in a limited series and writing for a limited series, among others. In addition to acclaim, the 10-part series garnered impressive ratings for FX earlier this year and is set to debut internationally on Netflix in 2017.
The project, which they produced with Ryan Murphy, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, marked the pair’s first foray into television. Color Force is working with Murphy on the upcoming second season of American Crime Story, which is centered on Hurricane Katrina, and developing an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y the Last Man for FX.
The FXP deal does not cover film projects. Color Force has an existing first-look feature-film pact at Fox 2000, with which it is producing the fourth Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, and adaptations of best-selling books The Goldfinch and Crazy Rich Asians. (Likewise, The People v. O.J. Simpson was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.)
A former president of the Walt Disney Picture Group, Jacobson’s other credits include the Hunger Games franchise. Simpson’s credits include World War Z, Far From Heaven and Boys Don’t Cry. They are both repped by CAA, which negotiated their FXP overall deal.
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