EXCLUSIVE: Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur’s Olive Productions has closed a two-year, first-look take care of TBS and TNT.
Underneath the pact, the New York-based firm plans to mine their expertise relationships to develop drama and comedy sequence for the 2 WarnerMedia networks. Buscemi and Arthur already are engaged on e-book and different IP diversifications, in addition to a number of provocative and aspirational unscripted sequence concepts.
Unscripted programming’s significance on the two networks has been on the rise, particularly at TNT.
The deal expands Buscemi’s relationship with TBS the place he’s star and government producer of sequence Miracle Employees. The breakout comedy, TBS’ most watched unique scripted sequence in Dwell+Similar Day, has been renewed for a second season.
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“Working with Steve on our hit TBS sequence Miracle Employees has really been other-worldly,” stated Brett Weitz, common supervisor TBS, TNT, and truTV. “He and Wren have demonstrated an distinctive eye for expertise and nice storytelling by means of their work beneath Olive Productions and I look ahead to collaborating extra by means of this expanded partnership.”
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Olive Productions was launched in 2008 by Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Arthur. Tucci is now not a principal within the firm, following his transfer to London a number of years in the past.
Olive Prods.’ credit embody Emmy-winning comedy discuss present sequence Park Bench with Steve Buscemi for AOL Originals; Emmy-winning basketball documentary Medora; HBO doc A Good Job: Tales of the FDNY; documentary Verify It, spotlighting an LGBT African-American gang; drama Submission, starring Stanley Tucci, the Sony Photos Classics-released movies Puzzle and Closing Portrait, and drama Paint It Black, which marked the directorial debut of Amber Tamblyn.
“Given the unbelievable expertise I’ve had engaged on Miracle Employees with Kevin Reilly, Brett Weitz, Thom Hinkle and their total staff at TBS, I couldn’t be extra excited to make a brand new dwelling for Olive Productions at TBS and TNT,” stated Buscemi.
Buscemi and Olive Productions, coming off a deal at eOne, are repped by WME and The Gotham Group.