eOne signs first-look deal with King Bee Productions

The deal to develop and produce scripted TV marks the global studio's latest partnership with high-profile creative talent.

shutterstock_dealEntertainment One has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola’s King Bee Productions.

Under the deal, eOne will serve as the studio and handle worldwide rights to TV projects developed and produced with King Bee. The U.S. prodco led by the husband and wife team recently produced two seasons of Doll & Em for HBO, created by Mortimer and Dolly Wells. The company is currently in post on the indie feature To Dust, starring Geza Rohrig and Matthew Broderick. Mortimer has starred in such films as Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl and Shutter Island, while Nivola’s credits include American Hustle, The Wizard of Lies and A Most Violent Year. 

The pact marks eOne’s latest effort to partner with creative talent to produce premium scripted content. In May, the Toronto-based global studio inked a first-look deal with L.A.-based Frontier coproducers ASAP Entertainment, led by Newfoundland-born writer/director/producer Brad Peyton and producing partner Jeff Fierson. Entertainment One also signed deals this year with Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Wren Arthur’s Olive Productions and U.S.-based Storyby Entertainment.

The partnership was spearheaded by Polly Williams, VP, scripted development at eOne and Carolyn Newman, SVP, scripted programming.