via press release:
KEITH EISNER (‘THE GOOD WIFE’) PACTS WITH LIONSGATE
IN OVERALL TELEVISION DEAL AND JOINS EXECUTIVE
PRODUCING TEAM ON ITS EPIX SERIES ‘GRAVES’
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 11, 2015 – Emmy-nominated writer-producer Keith Eisner (“The Good Wife,” “Law & Order”) has signed a multi-year overall television agreement with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, to develop and produce scripted programming, it was announced today by Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. Eisner joins Lionsgate following five seasons on “The Good Wife,” where he rose from co-executive producer to become an executive producer of the acclaimed drama in 2012.
In addition to developing future projects at Lionsgate, Eisner will serve as executive producer on the studio’s recently announced EPIX series “Graves,” alongside executive producer/showrunner Joshua Michael Stern and executive producers Greg Shapiro and Eric Weinberg. The single-camera comedy starring Nick Nolte is set to begin production this fall.
“Keith brings extraordinary talent and a wealth of experience to Lionsgate having worked on several of television’s most acclaimed series,” said Beggs. “We’re excited to welcome him and look forward to a very rewarding creative partnership.”
“I am thrilled to be signing on with Lionsgate,” said Eisner. “Kevin and his team are the smartest, most creative and most entrepreneurial studio executives in the business, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish together.”
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Eisner served for two seasons as a co-executive producer on “Law & Order” before joining “The Good Wife.” His additional credits include the James Woods’ series “Shark,” “Gilmore Girls” and Steven Bochco’s groundbreaking “NYPD Blue,” on which he wrote for three seasons and became a producer. Before making his foray into television drama on the Bochco series “Philly,” Eisner began his career in comedy, writing for game shows including “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Eisner is repped by WME and The Shuman Company.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black and new series such as The Royals, Manhattan, Deadbeat, Casual and Chasing Life.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, John Wick, Warm Bodies, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on XBox 360, PlayStation® 3 and 4, Android phones and tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Chromecast and Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter and Periscope @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).