Assembly Entertainment to shop medical disaster drama 'MDX' with Flame Ventures
Christina Wayne has hung out her own production shingle in a pod deal with Endemol Studios.
Pact is the first of its kind for Endemol’s Los Angeles-based scripted development arm.
Wayne brings her Assembly Entertainment banner to Endemol after spending the past three years as prexy of Cineflix Studios. She first made her mark as a development exec during her earlier tenure at AMC, where she shepherded “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” to great acclaim. She also worked with Endemol in the early development of the AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” which is now heading into its fourth season.
“Endemol has built an impressive scripted business in a short period of time,” Wayne said.
Wayne’s departure from Cineflix was hastened by the Canadian company’s decision to scale back its scripted development biz and channeling most projects through its Buccaneer Media joint venture with British producer Tony Wood.
Cineflix announced its intent to be an indie player in the U.S. drama series market with fanfare when it recruited Wayne to launch the Gotham-based Cineflix Studios arm in 2010. During Wayne’s time at the helm, Cineflix Studios fielded the BBC America drama “Copper” and seeded numerous other projects.
Wayne lands at Endemol with a drama project ready to shop to network buyers. “MDX” is described as an international medical disaster thriller that will be co-produced with Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures. Drama vet Carol Flint (“Royal Pains,” “ER”) is on board to write the pilot and serve as showrunner.
Endemol Studios CEO Philippe Maigret said Wayne’s “taste in material, her relationships with top talent and her experience as a writer, director, producer and as a network and studio executive will be incredibly valuable as we expand our development slate and build on our ongoing success.”
Wayne is looking to bring in a development exec to Assembly as part of the pod pact. For the next few months, Miura Kite, who formerly worked under Wayne at Cineflix, will consult for Assembly.
Among other projects following Wayne to Assembly is a pilot set to shoot this spring for Amazon. “Koolhaus,” from scribe David Brendel, revolves around art deals who double as CIA agents.
On “MDX,” Wayne and Krantz will serve as exec producers along with Flint and Jonathan Klein.
” ‘MDX’ is a dramatic series nod to the classic disaster films of the ’70s and ’80s, but done real,” Krantz said. “Today, disasters of all kinds … highlight human tragedy and moments of personal triumph and sacrifice. Doing a show of this scale with a truly great company like Endemol, and as one of Christina’s first projects at Endemol Studios, is a treat.”
Endemol Studios’ other recent scripted productions include ABC’s “Red Widow” and AMC’s “Low Winter Sun.”