Fox Searchlight announces Searchlight Television expansion
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula announced today the creation of Searchlight Television, making the company a 360-degree hub for creative talent and broadening the variety of projects produced under the Searchlight banner.
Searchlight Television will produce original material as well as utilize the studio’s rich library of feature films for adaptation in broadcast television, cable, and streaming with forays into scripted series, limited series, documentaries and more.
The company also announced that David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield have been promoted to Presidents of Production for Film and Television effective immediately, adding Searchlight Television to their current responsibilities including all aspects of production for the company. All production executives will continue to report to Greenfield and Greenbaum.
“At such an exciting moment for the company, we feel it is the perfect time to provide new avenues for visionary and innovative talent as well as to recognize the contributions of David and Matthew,” said Gilula and Utley.
Stacey Snider, Chairman and CEO for 20th Century Fox Film, added: “The relationships that the Searchlight team forges with talent are deep and abiding. It only makes sense to extend these relationships into television so Searchlight can continue to tell great stories on every platform.”
“At such an exciting time for storytelling, all the Fox channels and studios are thrilled to be collaborating with Searchlight as it expands its unique brand of groundbreaking excellence into television,” said Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox and Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group.
Green and Greenbaum said that they are excited about the expansion since Searchlight has “always been dedicated to bringing the unique stories of passionate creators to audiences worldwide,” and will provide their talent “new opportunities to tell their stories in the widest variety of creative outlets, all the while maintaining the safe haven and dedicated creative approach that is Searchlight’s hallmark.”
Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for eight years, and Greenfield has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for 11 years, shepherding award-winning films that include Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, and more.
Searchlight’s upcoming slate includes director’s Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favorite, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman; Melissa McCarthy’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? directed by Marielle Heller; David Lowery’s Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek; director James Kents’ The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Jason Clarke; Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien starring Nicolas Hoult and Lily Collins, and Wendy from Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Benh Zeitlin’s.
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