Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson ink FX Prods. pact

Color Force shingle expands into TV with first-look deal

Color Force, the production shingle headed by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, is gearing up for the smallscreen via a first-look production deal with FX Prods. Color Force will develop projects from writer-producers and secure rights to content that can be adapted into TV skeins.

Jacobson described the opportunity to dive into TV as “creatively irresistible.”

“There is so much great storytelling happening in TV right now, especially at FX,” said the “Hunger Games” producer. “Color Force plans to approach TV the same way we do features — by creating an environment in which singular voices can flourish.”

Jacobson told Variety that while the search for projects is still very much in “its early days,” the shingle is interested in content with a “page-turner” element. “FX has great taste,” she said. “I love a lot of their shows. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ happens to be one of my all time favorite shows — I’m impatiently waiting for the new season to start!”

Color Force has produced features primarily skewed to a younger aud with “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Hunger Games,” but Jacobson said the shingle wants to find projects that “work for the FX demo,” and Color Force and the studio have “shared sensibilities” — they both like “literary pop.”

First-look pact is exclusively for cable TV and marks the first pod deal for FX Prods. that wasn’t established through a pre-existing relationship with the studio. FX Prods. has other deals in place with RCG Prods. and Floyd County Prods.

“The deal with Color Force is a big step in the growth of FX Prods.,” said Eric Schrier, topper for series development for FX and exec veep of FX Prods. “This is a real coup for the studio. … To have Nina and Brad attract new talent and material for FXP is certain to increase our output, provide the opportunity to deliver more hit series, and grow our portfolio.”

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