Lionsgate has signed an overall television deal with writer, producer and comic K.P. Anderson, Variety has learned.
Under the new pact, Anderson — who served as head writer and exec producer on “The Soup” for 11 years — will create original new series and formats though his Pygmy Wolf Productions banner, giving Lionsgate the rights to all alternative and scripted content produced by his shingle.
“After watching K.P. Anderson help deliver countless clever laughs for over a decade on ‘The Soup,’ we are delighted to have him join the fold here as we continue to expand Lionsgate Television’s commitment to creating unique comedy series,” said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of alternative programming at Lionsgate Television. “Networks are hungry for someone to crack new comedy formats, and with his talent, versatility, and strong relationships, K.P. is one of the best at breaking new ground.”
Aside from “The Soup,” Anderson also developed and exec produced many other series including BBC America’s “The Nerdist,” Nickelodeon’s “You Gotta See This,” Style Network’s “The Dish,” G4’s “Web Soup,” Versus’ “Sports Soup” and, most recently, E!’s “The Comment Section” and “The Soup Investigates.” He also also developed comedy and variety series for NBC, E!, the CW and TBS.
“From his stand-up comedy to his work as an executive producer, K.P. Anderson has developed a finely tuned sense of what’s funny, topical and imminently watchable, so I’m excited to see him bring his of-the-moment sensibility to scripted television,” said Chris Selak, EVP of television at Lionsgate Television Group. “K.P. adds to our growing stable of scripted and unscripted talent, further diversifying Lionsgate’s slate of programming.”
Anderson commented: “I couldn’t be more excited to bring myself and Pygmy Wolf to Lionsgate. Kevin Beggs, Sandra Stern, Jen O’Connell and Chris Selak are the best quadrumvirate of incredibly smart, driven and truly decent people to work with as I start this next chapter of my career creating and developing comedy across network, cable and OTT platforms. Also, they caved to my contractual demand of having an unflattering iPad picture taken of me before I enter their building for every meeting, which was a pretty sweet victory for me.”
Anderson is repped by the Gersh Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.