Valhalla Entertainment, headed up by The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, has signed an exclusive production deal with Universal Cable Productions, one production arm of NBCUniversal.
Hurd’s new arrangement will be to develop as well as produce an unknown number of new television projects for both cable and broadcast networks, which include USA Network and Syfy. The deal will mark the first of Valhalla Ent.’s overall TV deal and stems from the success of the studio’s first primetime series – AMC’s cult hit The Walking Dead.
Universal Cable Productions senior VPs Richard Rothstein, Chris Sanagustin and Maira Suro released a joint statement Monday, declaring the news:
Gale’s vision, expertise and superb taste make her and the Valhalla team a trifecta win for UCP. We are ecstatic that Valhalla is joining our studio and bolstering our efforts to expand our development — they share our creative commitment, passion for great stories and desire to produce efficiently. We’re confident that this is a collaboration that will be beneficial on multiple fronts.
Currently it’s unclear what Hurd’s UCP arrangement will mean for existing projects that Valhalla Ent. already has lined up, including Port Royal, a period pirate drama Valhalla is co-producing along with GK-TV and Chuck writer Scott Rosenbaum for FX – or Hurd’s new Area 51-inspired drama. Recently, Hurd has also developed a project with Sin City actress Rosario Dawson for A&E.
The Dawson and Hurd team-up will bring the graphic novel O.C.T. to life, which was also co-created by Dawson. O.C. T will center around Sophia Ortiz and the early stages of the NYPD’s Occult Crimes Taskforce. Dawson is also expected to star. Valhalla’s other comic book-related ventures including, The Punisher and The Hulk franchise and Hurd has also created a comic called The Scourge.
Many TV viewers may actually be fans of Gale Anne Hurd’s work and not even know it. Hurd has been a staple in the TV industry for some time, and with info slowly trickling in about Walking Dead Season 3 and other projects, it only means her popularity will continue to grow.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter