MTV Entertainment Studios starts production on Taylor Sheridan's "Mayor of Kingstown" exclusively for Paramount+
With 101 Studios to serve as production partner, the highly anticipated new series from Yellowstone co-creator follows family of power brokers in small Michigan town
Academy Award(R) nominee Jeremy Renner set as lead
with Antoine Fuqua executive producing
(NEW YORK, NY) May 24, 2021 - MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that production is underway on the highly anticipated upcoming series Mayor of Kingstown. Currently filming in Toronto, Canada, the new series hails from Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan - co-creator of Yellowstone, cable's most watched show of 2020. Locations in Toronto include Kingston Penitentiary and the new Stratagem Stages, marking Mayor of Kingstown the first production at the stage.
Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family - power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.
Previously announced cast includes Academy Award(R) nominee Jeremy Renner as series lead with Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emma Laird (From Life, In Conversation With A Goddess), Derek Webster (9-1-1: Lone Star, NCIS: New Orleans) and Taylor Handley (Bird Box, Vegas) also set to star. Additional casting is forthcoming.
Mayor of Kingstown will be executive produced by Sheridan, co-creator Hugh Dillon, Jeremy Renner, Antoine Fuqua, David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and Michael Friedman. MTV Entertainment Studios, Sheridan's Bosque Ranch Productions and 101 Studios will produce.
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About 101 Studios:
101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. Founded by David Glasser, Chief Executive Officer, and David Hutkin, Chief Operating Officer, the studio empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. On the film side, past releases include Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War: Director's Cut, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sundance Audience award winner Burden featuring Forest Whitaker as well as the family comedy The War with Grandpa with Robert DeNiro. On the television side, 101 produces Taylor Sheridan's cable's biggest show for Paramount Network Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner as well as Sheridan's upcoming series Mayor of Kingstown. Additionally, 101 Studios oversees and manages the newly formed Sports Illustrated Studios, a content platform based on the biggest and most compelling stories, characters and moments in sports past, present and future. Upcoming projects include Paradise Found based on the true story of high school football coach Rick Prinz; an untitled docuseries about the sexual abuse and cover-up at Ohio State University, co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures; the feature film Red Rose Crew based on the riveting true story of the US international women's crew team and the docuseries Covers, a behind-the-scenes look at Sports Illustrated's top cover stories of all time.
About Bosque Ranch Productions:
Bosque Ranch Productions currently produces the hit TV series, Yellowstone. On the feature side, the company recently wrapped the Angelina Jolie starring film, Those Who Wish Me Dead, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan.