Sam Worthington co. in first-look TV development pact
Beefing up its talent roster, NBC Universal Intl. has cut a first-look television development pact with actor Sam Worthington’s Full Clip Prods.
Deal calls for Full Clip to develop TV projects for the global marketplace through the Peacock’s international arm, which is looking to expand in television production under the direction of Michael Edelstein, prexy of TV production for NBC U Intl.
Luca Scalisi, a former exec with Eminem’s Shady World Prods. banner, has joined Full Clip as head of television.
Based in L.A., Full Clip was founded last year by Worthington, the Aussie star of “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans,” and brothers John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz.
The company has a deal with Radical Studios to publish comicbooks and graphic novels with an eye toward adapting them for the bigscreen. The first property, a six-part series dubbed “Damaged,” is set to be published this summer. Full Clip also has a feature based on the Allan Quartermain explorer character set up at DreamWorks and “Last Days of American Crime” at Radical Studios with Worthington attached to star.
Edelstein said he was impressed by Worthington’s commitment to working as a producer and building up his banner.
“In our first meeting, they pitched us 10 different ideas for shows,” Edelstein said. “We very much responded to their material and their passion. In the TV business it’s hard to find fresh ideas. When you come across people who have them, you have to move.”
Edelstein said that Worthington’s background as an Aussie thesp who has hit it big in international blockbusters affords him and his partners a good perspective on the opportunities that exist in TV outside the U.S.
“The combination of the creative assets and depth that Full Clip Productions brings to the table along with NBCUniversal International’s vision for creating compelling content for global television audiences will prove to be a winning formula,” said John Schwarz.
Full Clip will work closely with Deborah Oppenheimer, NBC U Intl.’s L.A.-based exec veep of TV production, in developing material.
Edelstein, a experienced producer and exec, was tapped by NBC U last summer to lead the charge in growing its international TV production operation. He is based in London. The Peacock during the past few years has bought up U.K. indies Carnival, Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media.
“There’s a lot of great TV being created around the world,” Edelstein said. “We want to get into business with really strong creative people wherever they are in the world.”