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Vin Diesel, Universal TV Developing ‘Riddick’ Companion Series

Vin Diesel is driving full-force into TV, setting up a multi-year, first-look production deal for his One Race shingle with Universal Television.

The action star founded One Race in 1995, where he has produced four of the seven films in Universal’s high-grossing “Fast & Furious” franchise as well as the sci-fi thriller “Pitch Black” and follow-ups “Chronicles of Riddick” and “Riddick.”

One of the TV division’s first orders of business will be to develop a television series complement to “Riddick.”

“In addition to being a huge star for our feature division, Vin is a true creative force as a producer. After sitting down with him and his team at One Race Television, it’s clear he will now also be an incredible asset to both the network and our television studio,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We feel really fortunate to be in business with, not only an international powerhouse, but a truly thoughtful and passionate producer.”

Fox Broadcasting Co. exec VP of event series Shana C. Waterman has been brought on as head of TV. She will oversee development and production under the deal.

“I have dreamt about expanding the One Race brand into television and now we’ve found the perfect creative partners in Bob [Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman], Jen and the team at Universal Television,” Diesel said. “Shana is an incredible addition to this team.”

Waterman added that “I’m incredibly excited to join the exceptionally smart, innovative team Vin’s built at One Race. Both he and fellow producer Samantha Vincent, alongside their partners at Universal, have grown a formidable global brand ready-made for this diverse and highly creative time in the world of television.”

Diesel is also known for writing and directing, helming such films as “Multifacial,” “Strays” and “Los Bandoleros.” One Race also owns video game developer Tigon Studios, which has produced titles “Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and “The Wheelman.”

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