July 16, 2013
Kevin Costner Strikes TV Deal With Lionsgate, Thunderbird Films
Brian Steinberg / Variety
Kevin Costner and his Treehouse Films have entered into a first-look television deal with Sea To Sky Entertainment, the TV production and distribution joint venture between Lionsgate and Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films, the two companies announced Tuesday.
Costner is to work in conjunction with Treehouse creative executive Jasa McCall to develop and produce scripted programming. His contributions may also include directing and/or acting, depending upon the nature of the projects developed, the companies said.
The deal comes after the success of miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys,” which Costner helped produce. The series was broadcast on cable’s History and received 16 Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. The three-episode series won four additional Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
“Hatfields & McCoys was an extraordinary achievement, and when we learned that Kevin wanted to expand his activities in television, we were immediately interested in meeting with him,” said Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group, in a prepared statement. “We’re excited about the ideas he wants to pursue and delighted to be in business together.”
“We are honored to be working with Kevin Costner and to be able to play a part in this exciting chapter of his remarkable career,” added Tim Gamble, CEO of Thunderbird Films, in another prepared statement.
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