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Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal With Sony TV

Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Michael Connolly will continue to run Vertigo’s TV operations, while Melissa Lora has been upped to director of development for TV. The new pact covers drama, comedy and unscripted for network, cable and streaming. The company was previously set up under an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television, where they developed “The Departed” for Amazon and recently sold the comedy “Sour Mash” to NBC.

“Roy and I are very excited to be in business with Chris and Jason and the whole SPTV team,” said Connolly. “It was important for us to land at a studio that supported our ambitious creative goals and had both the willingness and the ability to program across the broadest array of cable, broadcast and digital platforms. SPTV is that studio and is in a unique position to leverage our strengths at Vertigo.”

Lee and Connolly currently have two series on the air: “The Exorcist” on FOX and “The Son” on AMC. Their previous TV credits include A&E’s “Bates Motel” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove,” which ran for five and three seasons respectively. On the feature side, Vertigo has produced films like “It,” “The LEGO Movie,” “LEGO Batman,” “The Ring,” and “The Departed.”

Vertigo is repped by CAA and attorney Rick Genow.

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