Reaffirming the comparisons between cable TV shows and movies, AMC announced a first-look deal today with Double Feature Films, the production company behind Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” Zach Braff’s “Garden State” and the upcoming “Runner, Runner,” starring Justin Timberlake. The two-year deal is the first Double Feature Films has made with a cable network to produce TV projects.
Double Feature Films will develop and produce scripted cable projects for AMC. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are the company’s partners, and in addition to their film work, executive produced “Reno 911″ for Comedy Central for six seasons. “It’s great to be in business with AMC,” they said in the announcement. “We watch the great shows on AMC all the time so we love the idea that we can see our own productions on the network. What AMC does so well is to tell great stories with fresh characters and their series truly feel like films. This gives us the opportunity to take what we are so drawn to from the film side and make our own productions on the TV side.”
The deal was brokered by Marci Wiseman, head of Business Affairs for AMC and Joe Cohen and Adam Berkowitz CAA. Both Sher and Shamberg are two-time Oscar nominees. Another producer who’s worked with Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, recently sold a dysfunctional ballet drama project to Starz.