FX Productions, the studio arm of FX Networks, has signed a
first-look cable deal with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and their production
company Color Force, it was announced Wednesday.
The pact marks the first TV venture for Color Force, which
produced the 2012 blockbuster film The
Hunger Games and the Diary of a Wimpy
Kid franchise. With FXP, it will look to develop series projects from
writer-producers and secure the rights to adaptations.
Color Force represents the first POD deal for FXP outside of
the studio's existing relationships, like those it has with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
producer RCG Productions and Archer
producer Floyd County Productions, as the studio looks to increase its output.
Jacobson has spent 20 years as a senior film executive,
previously serving as president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Group overseeing
Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures and launching
high-grossing franchises like Pirates of
the Caribbean, The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Princess Diaries.
Prior to joining Color Force in 2012, Simpson produced the Wimpy Kid films with Jacobson and was
president of Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way from 2004-07.