Sonar Entertainment Enters Into First-Look Deal with Team Downey
First Project is Singularity, New Series Written by
Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall
LOS ANGELES - November 15, 2016 - Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Team Downey, the independent entertainment and production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. The new agreement encompasses scripted and non-scripted content for television, including digital. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment, and Susan Downey, Partner, Team Downey.
The first project generated by Team Downey under the new arrangement is Singularity, a new series created by Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall. The series will star Hall, with the first episode being directed by Downey.
Hall can next be seen in the Warner Bros. film "Live By Night" opposite Ben Affleck and the Netflix feature "War Machine" opposite Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton.
"We are excited about Team Downey's vision for developing and producing a broad scope of original premium content," said Lesinski. "Sonar is thrilled to partner with Robert, Susan and the entire team - it is another example of our commitment to forge creative collaborations with the most dynamic talent in the industry."
The partnership with Team Downey is the latest in a series of first-look deals announced by Sonar. Other first-look independent production partners include George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and StoryBy Entertainment.
Hall is repped by manager Jonathan Brandstein and attorney Jeff Frankel, Downey is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P.
About Team Downey
Team Downey is a production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. Their first feature film was the gripping courtroom drama THE JUDGE, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival . Team Downey is currently developing the feature films PINOCCHIO, YUCATAN, A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, and the third installment of the SHERLOCK HOMES franchise. On the television side, Team Downey is developing "Bodies" with Hulu, "Baghdad Country Club" with WBTV, and "TC-83," which was created at Sony and acquired by Showtime.
About Sonar Entertainment
Sonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium content for global audiences. We offer a unique platform for creative talent with the support of a full-service studio and global distribution company. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and expansive productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry.
Current Sonar series on-air, in production or slated to commence production include Season Two of internationally successful The Shannara Chronicles, for MTV; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King novels and written by David E. Kelley, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; and Das Boot, an eight-part series based on the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. In addition, Sonar Entertainment distributes over 1,000 titles comprised of award-winning programs from RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios.