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Lionsgate, Killer Films in TV Deal

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June 13: Indie film production outfit Killer Films, whose credits include Far From Heaven and Boys Don’t Cry, has signed a first-look television deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce programming for both broadcast and cable.

Killer Films’ TV work thus far includes Mrs. Harris, the HBO TV movie that was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards. Its first television series, This American Life, based on Ira Glass’s popular NPR show, debuted to strong ratings and acclaim on Showtime this spring.

The studio is headed up by Christine Vachon. “Christine is a brilliant creative force and she and her partners at Killer Films are known for producing challenging and often controversial material with great success,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s president of television programming and production. “Their artistic sensibility and highly entrepreneurial style are a perfect fit for Lionsgate, and we anticipate a great collaboration.”

Upcoming Killer productions include I’m Not There, Todd Haynes’ new film about Bob Dylan starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger; Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin and starring Julianne Moore; and Then She Found Me, the directorial debut of Helen Hunt, starring Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick.

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