[09/05/13 - 01:35 PM]
DirecTV Signs Deal with Neil LaBute for Ten Short Films
LaBute will write, direct and produce the stand-alone tales which all share a unique narrative device to tell quick, pungent and surprising stories about human relationships.

[via press release from DirecTV]


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., September 5, 2013 - DirecTV announced today a partnership with award-winning screenwriter Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men) to produce a series of ten short films which will air exclusively on DirecTV's Audience Network.

LaBute will write, direct and produce the stand-alone tales which all share a unique narrative device to tell quick, pungent and surprising stories about human relationships. The deal marks DirecTV's second collaboration with LaBute, who previously wrote the upcoming limited series Full Circle.

"I'm very excited to move forward on this new project, and there is not a better home than DirecTV for an ambitious series like this" said LaBute. "Although I am incredibly proud of my scripts for Full Circle, I was disappointed I was not available to be a part of the production. That fact drove home for me how important it is, from an artistic standpoint, to roll up my sleeves and immerse myself in all aspects of the creative process on television."

"We are thrilled to share these new films with our customers and are proud that Neil has chosen DirecTV as the first place to write, produce and direct his own material," said Chris Long, SVP Original Content and Production DirecTV. "The films will be produced with a true auteur model; we're striving for the least possible distance between the artist's vision and the final product."

Production is set to begin in September and the films will begin airing in the late fall.

About DirecTV:

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 35 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DirecTV offers its 20 million customers access to more than 190 HD channels and Dolby-Digital� 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET�, Emmy- award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 12 years running. DirecTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than15.5 million customers. DirecTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 42 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DirecTV, please visit www.DirecTV.com.

  [september 2013]  


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