FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA TO BRING MICHELANGELO TO HULU WITH AWARD-WINNING WRITER RICHARD MASON
The Scripted Drama Will Be The Inaugural Project In First Look Deal With
Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment
Burbank, Calif. (May 18, 2018) - FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has announced a first-look deal with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment. Under the pact, Landscape Entertainment will develop and produce scripted projects for the U.S. and international markets.
The first project in development through this new partnership is a scripted drama centered on Michelangelo, written by award-winning South African-British author, Richard Mason. With Hulu on board to serve as the home for Michelangelo, the series will detail the life of the brilliant and troubled artist, told through a modern lens that delves into the sexuality, relationships, alliances and betrayals in the volatile world of 16th Century Florence. Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce the series along with FremantleMedia's Dante Di Loreto, and Landscape's Bob Cooper and Tom Lerner.
"Bob is a gifted producer whose depth of experience and keen eye for developing talent makes he and his team an important asset for us. I'm excited to have him, along with his production company, housed at FremantleMedia," said FMNA President of Scripted Entertainment, Dante Di Loreto.
"FremantleMedia North America has an incredibly strong scripted portfolio and I am thrilled to be in business with them," stated Bob Cooper, CEO of Landscape Entertainment. "Dante's vision for extraordinary programming is absolutely revolutionary and I'm looking forward to our continued collaboration."
Richard Mason is the award-winning author of The Drowning People (winner of Italy's Grinzane Cavour prize for Best First Novel), Us, Natural Elements and History of a Pleasure Seeker. Mason's work has been translated into 28 languages and has sold more than a million copies all over the world. His most recent novel, Who Killed Piet Barol, has been named a Book of the Year by The Times, The Observer and The Guardian.
About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia. A powerhouse in scripted and non-scripted content, FremantleMedia also comprises a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, as well as a digital and branded entertainment division. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.
About Landscape Entertainment
Landscape Entertainment's television projects include GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH, based on 'Black Hawk Down' author Mark Bowden's book and written by Keir Pearson (HOTEL RWANDA), JACKSON STATE at HBO with Scott Lasser (TRUE DETECTIVE) writing and Elliot Lester (NIGHTINGALE) directing, NO ORDINARY TIME, written by Paul Webb (SELMA) and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and DIAMOND, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novella and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn (PROOF). On the feature film side, Landscape recently released MAUDIE, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, and is developing projects including WAR MAGICIAN at Studiocanal with Benedict Cumberbatch starring and Richard Cordiner writing, ENTERING HADES with Oscar Award-winner Alex Dinelaris (BIRDMAN) writing and THE GARBO NETWORK with Oscar Isaac starring.