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DirecTV Orders a Series of 10 Short Films From Neil LaBute

DirecTV Orders a Series of 10 Short Films From Neil LaBute

It’s been some time since playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute was an indie darling for caustic features like “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends & Neighbors,” but he seems to have found a new place for himself at DirecTV — the satellite service provider has been welcoming him with open arms. LaBute’s first TV series “Full Circle,” a 10-episode half-hour drama inspired by “La Ronde,” is set to premiere exclusively on Wednesday, October 9 at 9pm on DirecTV’s Audience Network.

And now, Deadline reports that DirecTV will also be partnering with LaBute to produce a series of 10 short films for the same channel, stand-alone works that he’ll write, direct and produce and that will explore human relationships. LaBute was apparently not involved in the day-to-day of “Full Circle,” which was based on his scripts, but will be more so with the films. 

“I’m very excited to move forward on this new project, and there is not a better home than DirecTV for an ambitious series like this,” he said. “Although I am incredibly proud of my scripts for ‘Full Circle,’ I was disappointed I was not available to be a part of the production. That fact drove home for me how important it is, from an artistic standpoint, to roll up my sleeves and immerse myself in all aspects of the creative process on television.” DirecTV’s Chris Long added that the films will be produced in a “true auteur model” in terms of creative control. The films are slated to start airing in the late fall.

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