Starz has inked a two-year overall pact with exec producer David Knoller, who will focus on producing, writing and directing for the premium cabler.
Knoller will serve as exec producer for “Blackbirds,” which is currently being developed, and the recently renewed series “Power” in addition to continuing to develop other original programming for Starz.
“David is one of those rare people who is able to make everything he’s involved in better. As a producer and creator we believe in David’s ability and look forward to our continued relationship,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said in a statement.
“Blackbirds,” based on the novels by Chuck Wendig, is being developed under Knoller’s Knollwood Productions banner. John Shiban will co-exec produce with Knoller to adapt the stories of Miriam Black, a hitchhiker with the ability to see how and when people die by touching them.
“It has been a creative reunion to work with Chris (Albrecht) and Carmi again, since our HBO days, and I am humbled and appreciate the opportunity and their confidence in me to help bring exciting programming to Starz,” Knoller said.
Knoller is set to return to New York in the fall to exec produce and direct episodes of “Power,” created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton and Randall Emmett will join Knoller and Kemp Agboh to exec produce the show’s second season.
Previously, Knoller served as producer and director on more than 50 episodes of the award-winning HBO drama series “Big Love” and “Carnivale,” which earned him Emmy and Golden Globe noms for production.
Knoller is repped by ICM Partners.