Killer Films, Lionsgate team for TV

Independent film unit turns to small screen

Indie film stalwart Killer Films is teaming with Lionsgate in order to further branch out in the TV biz.

Producer, known for such pics as “Far From Heaven,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Notorious Bettie Page,” teamed with HBO in 2005 on “Mrs. Harris.” Telepic went on to earn 12 Emmy nominations, including those for TV movie and for its leads, Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening.

Under the first-look deal with Lionsgate, Killer Films will develop and produce programming for both broadcast and cable.

“Lionsgate has had tremendous success growing a brand in the last few years and has been at the forefront of new talent in television,” said Killer Films topper Christine Vachon. Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate prexy of TV programming and production, said: “Killer Films is known for producing challenging and often controversial material with great success. Their artistic sensibility and highly entrepreneurial style are a perfect fit for Lionsgate.”

Upcoming Killer productions on the film side include Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” directed by Todd Haynes; “Savage Grace,” which just unspooled at the Cannes fest and stars Julianne Moore; and “Then She Found Me,” the directorial debut of Helen Hunt.

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