Former UTA assistant to develop movies, HBO projects

Sean Murphy has been promoted to director of development at John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Prods.

Murphy, who came to Le Grisbi in 2010 after working as an assistant at UTA, will develop movies as well as service the company’s first-look deal for original series at HBO.

Le Grisbi is in post-production on David Ayer’s “End of Watch,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, and America Ferrera. Lesher has set up two projects at Warner Bros.: “Cicero,” with David Yates attached to direct and Tom Hardy to star; and “Satori,” written by Shane Salerno and Don Winslow for Leonardo DiCaprio to star. He’s also producing Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties.”

Lesher’s projects in development at HBO include “Keys to the City,” written by William Monahan; “The Landlord,” written by Dan Clowes; “Muscle,” written and directed by Derek Cianfrance; and “Hobgoblin,” written by Michael Chabon for Darren Aronofsky to direct.

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