LOS ANGELES – June 21, 2018 – Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a two year, first-look deal for scripted and unscripted programming with David Ayer's and Chris Long's new production entity, Cedar Park Entertainment. Through the deal, Ayer and Long will leverage their industry and creative expertise to develop and produce original programming with eOne.
"David and Chris have a proven track record of creating content that engages and entertains audiences," noted Mark Gordon, eOne's President and Chief Content Officer of Film, Television and Digital, and Peter Micelli, eOne's Chief Strategy Officer of Film, Television and Digital. "We're excited to support a company with two accomplished and talented principals to continue to produce world-class programming."
"We are thrilled to be partnering with eOne who are true leaders in this space and are crafting content for global audiences. We're looking forward to continuing to grow Cedar Park and are excited to do that with Mark and Pete, who are truly the best in the business," stated Ayer and Long.
Chris Long most recently served as programming chief at Audience Network which he ran for 18 years and is one of the few creative television executives whose resume includes scripted comedy, drama, non-scripted, music, sports and documentary programming, such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning shows, MR. MERCEDES, KINGDOM, YOU ME HER, RELIGION OF SPORTS, LOUDERMILK, and HIT THE ROAD, in addition to the upcoming CONDOR, and GIVE US THIS DAY.
David Ayer has earned a reputation for telling gritty stories that connect with audiences worldwide. Most recently, Ayer directed Netflix's hit feature film BRIGHT which was the highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service and the #1 movie on Netflix in every country over its release (over 190 countries). Ayer will return to write and direct the sequel BRIGHT 2. Previously, Ayer directed the 2016 global blockbuster SUICIDE SQUAD, which he also wrote, FURY, SABOTAGE, END OF WATCH, STREET KINGS, and he wrote the screenplays for SU-571, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, DARK BLUE, S.W.A.T., and TRAINING DAY.
Cedar Park and Ayer are represented by CAA.
eOne's upcoming slate of television programming includes SHARP OBJECTS, which premieres on HBO on July 8th, starring Amy Adams and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, and THE ROOKIE starring Nathan Fillion coming to ABC this year.
ABOUT CEDAR PARK ENTERTAINMENT
Cedar Park Entertainment is the independent studio formed by Chris Long, former Programming Chief at Audience Network and Filmmaker David Ayer. Cedar Park's first television project is FAMILY CRIMES, written by Ayer and produced in conjunction with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Cedar Park also acquired Stephen King's THE BONE CHURCH to be adapted into a drama series, on which Cedar Park will serve as the studio as well, as well as COINTELPRO from Leon Hendrix and Ajani Jackson about a massive rogue spy operation conducted by the FBI targeting progressive political activists. Set in 1960s Chicago, this story chronicles a campaign of lies, sabotage, and assassination intended to tear apart the young Civil Rights Movement from the inside.
ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company's diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One's robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston, content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company's rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
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