Deal calls for Insurrection, headed by former Fox Broadcasting digital exec Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, to provide funding and support for Skybound to develop projects for TV and digital platforms. Skybound will oversee production and collaborate with Insurrection on ancillary projects with an emphasis on video games.
“We’re exhilarated to be partnering with Robert Kirkman and David Alpert,” said Van Rensselaer. “They are visionaries and entrepreneurs who understand science fiction storytelling and multi-platform content development better than anyone else.”
Van Rensselaer launched Insurrection in July with backing from Allen DeBevoise’s Third Wave Capital Partners. Alpert said the promise of creative freedom was a lure for the Skybound partners.
“Kiliaen’s philosophy around empowering creators to experiment with resources in a laissez-faire environment is very appealing to the team here at Skybound,” said Alpert. “We’re excited to work with him to demonstrate that we can hatch some world-class shows with this approach.”
Kirkman penned the original “Walking Dead” graphic novel that launched the mega-hit franchise for AMC and spawned the spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead,” which bowed to big ratings in August.
(Pictured: David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, inset: Kiliaen Van Rensselaer)