The company, which also has a deal with FX Productions, is run by Hawley and partner John Cameron. Hawley is best known for creating and writing the FX anthology series “Fargo” and was also a writer and producer on the first three seasons of Fox’s “Bones.”
As part of the feature deal, 26 Keys announced Leigh Kittay has been hired as head of film.
The company’s first feature under the new Fox deal is the recently announced “Man Alive,” which will be produced by Hawley and Cameron, with Kittay serving as an executive producer. BenderSpink is also producing.
“There’s a phrase you hear a lot in the movie business: ‘execution dependent,'” Hawley said. “It refers to a property or an idea that is more nuanced than high concept, more layered in tone and character than the obvious commercial film. In order to get made, these films have to be great from script to score. This is our mission, to find and develop unique films with visionary writers and directors.”
Kittay comes to 26 Keys from Parkes+MacDonald Productions where she served as VP, acquiring and developing the upcoming “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis at Fox 2000; “Barbie” at Sony; “Undone” with Black Bear; and last year’s Davis Guggenheim-directed documentary “He Named Me Malala” at Fox Searchlight. She began at Parkes+MacDonald in 2011.
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Kittay spent five years at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot where she worked on “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” “Super 8,” “Stark Trek” and “Cloverfield” along with ABC’s “Lost” (ABC) and Fox’s “Fringe.” She began her career in Hollywood at Paramount Pictures.