Leslie Greif’s new production company, Big Dreams Entertainment, has landed a multititle TV-movie deal with Lifetime.
Greif, known for event series such as Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising, previously founded Thinkfactory Media, which he sold to ITV. He left the company in late 2018. His new venture, Big Dreams, has inked a deal with Lifetime for ten TV movies to be produced over the next 18 months. Big Dreams has already produced Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live for Discovery and Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses for Hallmark.
“From Hatfields & McCoys to Surviving Compton, Leslie has delivered outstanding creative that has led to excellent results for our networks, and we are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Leslie and his team with these upcoming movies,” said Rob Sharenow, president of programming at A+E Networks.
“I look forward to the next chapter in building Big Dreams and it’s very gratifying to continue my treasured relationship with Rob and the entire A+E Networks family,” said Greif. “I’m so proud of what Big Dreams has accomplished in our first few months, having delivered several successful projects already and we have an exciting development slate upcoming. It’s going to be another wild and fun ride.”
Big Dreams is also developing Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, based on the bestseller by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, for HISTORY; and four docs for A&E’s Biography; in addition to projects for A&E, AMC, Discovery and Food Network. Alex Kerr, previously at Thinkfactory, is senior VP of content at the new venture.