Formed in 2012 by a trio of industry vets, distribution, production and finance triple-threat A24 is officially jumping into television, THR reports. Partners Ravi Nandan and John Hodges will oversee the bicoastal division to buttress the company’s busy slate of independent features, from “Ex Machina” and “Slow West” to forthcoming Sundance buys “The End of the Tour” and “The Witch.”
Hodges promised an aggressive, director- and creator-driven vision, and will consider different platforms on a project-by-project basis. A24 already has NBC’s forthcoming “The Carmichael Show” in development, as well as “Obvious Child” breakout Jenny Slate’s just-ordered FX pilot, and USA’s “Playing House.” The company also has deals to develop and finance pilots from Channing Tatum’s Free Association Productions and “The Sitter” writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and an Asia-bound action show from Jack and Harry Williams (the team behind Starz’s “The Missing”).
But A24’s sights were set early on television. In 2013, the indie film house pacted with DirecTV to premiere select titles on the satcaster 30 days before theatrical release. Little indies such as “Slow West” and “Enemy” benefit from this model while A24 pushes broader-appeal films exclusively into theaters (see “A Most Violent Year,” 2015 comedy sleeper “While We’re Young”).
Today’s news comes on the heels of A24’s recent venture into original filmmaking. A Cary Fukunaga drama scripted by the “Brokeback Mountain” writing team marks the company’s first in-house film project, to supplement its steady stream of acquisitions.