Lionsgate Television has secured a multiyear first-look agreement with film and television producer Michael London, whose credits include the current long-running FX hit Snowfall.
Under the pact, London will create premium scripted series for Lionsgate under his Groundswell Productions banner. Groundswell Productions, run by London and President of Production Shannon Gaulding, is currently in production on season six of Snowfall.
As part of the agreement, London and Gaulding have a limited scripted series detailing the rise and fall of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in the works. Lionsgate Television optioned Gabriel Sherman’s Vanity Fair article on Falwell Jr. Sherman is adapting and executive producing his story with London and Gaulding.
London’s film credits include the Golden Globe-winning best picture for a musical/comedy Sideways and the Oscar-winning Milk.
London said: “There’s nothing better than having creative partners who are truly creative, as well as collaborative and smart. The Lionsgate team is all of those things and more. Shannon Gaulding and I are excited to jump into this new venture focusing on the kind of smart, singular and entertaining television that both companies stand for.”
Scott Herbst, head of scripted development and executive VP of Lionsgate TV, added: “Michael is not only a prolific producer with a track record of excellence across both film and television, but he is also an expert in bringing impactful stories to the screen. We have been such a fan of his from afar for too long, and now we get to work together! We look forward to working with Groundswell Productions to create compelling and inspiring content for television audiences globally.”