Paramount Television is bolstering its executive ranks.
The studio has hired veteran literary agent David Flynn from UTA as its new executive vp of international strategy. In the role, Flynn will work to identify and secure local formats, books and films in an effort to expand Paramount TV’s IP library. He also will focus on bringing fresh voices to the studio’s roster, with an emphasis on independent and foreign filmmakers. He will report to Paramount TV president Amy Powell.
Flynn joins Paramount TV from UTA, where he has been an agent since 2006. He recently put together Netflix’s German thriller series Dark. For the past 11 years, he has built up a robust international business with filmmakers including Laszlo Nemes, Ziad Douieri, Rupert Wyatt, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Roar Ultaug, Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos, Bo Odar and Jantje Friese, Lynn Shelton, Drake Doremus, Bart Layton and Thomas Bidegan.
Flynn started out his film career working on Paramount’s Braveheart, which was shot in Dublin, Ireland, where he was born and raised. Afterwards, he started his own management company, packaging and producing Seraphim Falls, starring Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan and Anjelica Houston, which premiered and was sold at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. That same year, Flynn moved to UTA.
“David has a keen eye for identifying ambitious content from premier content creators worldwide,” Powell said Tuesday in a statement. “He will be a tremendous asset to our team as we work to disrupt the global content creation model, bringing the unique voices and storytelling of local creators to television audiences worldwide.”
“I’m incredibly excited to join Amy and her amazing team,” said Flynn. “Paramount’s iconic library, matched with the innovative leadership in place at the studio today, provides unlimited opportunities to continue to transform the model around pairing original IP with brilliant content creators. I look forward to helping expand this model internationally and bringing the most visionary filmmakers, producers and creators into Paramount TV to make content for the global market place. I am grateful for my last decade at UTA and look forward to working with everyone in my new role.”
“Paramount TV is getting a tremendous executive in David Flynn,” said UTA co-president David Kramer. “He’s been a great colleague at UTA for more than decade and integral in building our international business. We truly wish him the best and look forward to many years of continued work together.”
Paramount TV has projects on the air including Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why and TNT’s latest adaptation, The Alienist. The studio is also working with George Clooney on his first TV project in two decades, a take on Joseph Heller’s classic novel Catch-22. Paramount TV also has a first-look deal with Anonymous Content, and, in December, the pair signed a first-look deal with Conde Nast Entertainment, as well.