Independent film production, finance and international sales and distribution company Lakeshore Entertainment ("Crank," "The Dead Girl," "Gamer") is making a move into television, implementing a strategy based on their existing movie model to venture into small screen projects. Producer and former ABC executive Chad Hoffman has been brought on to head the new TV division.
The company already has two television projects in the works. The "Sebastian Maniscalco Project" is a half-hour comedy written by Dan Kopelman ("Malcolm in the Middle") and starring Maniscalco, a stand-up, which was recently sold to NBC through Sony Pictures Television. "Blanco" is a drama about a gangster informant who turns the tables on law enforcement written by Mark Rosner ("Blue Bloods"), a pilot for which is set to start production soon at Cinemax in association with Fox TV Studios. Lakeshore's CEO Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are executive producing.
Lakeshore's looking to bring its financing ability to the table with these TV projects, as well as to use its ties in the international markets to partner with international producers and distributors.
"We will build on our successful feature formula of developing, financing, producing and owning carefully selected projects," Rosenberg said. "Being able to get quality projects made independently is one of the hallmarks of Lakeshore and we will expand that to television."
"Lakeshore’s entrepreneurial spirit is infectious," added Hoffman. "They have consistently demonstrated a focused and disciplined approach to the business of filmmaking that can now be applied to the television industry. Our approach is a response to the ever widening, multi-platform world where creating content and controlling as many rights as possible is what counts. We will be very active as buyers in soliciting and developing material from outstanding talent as well as exploring Lakeshore's extensive library of film titles to find those that have series potential."