ALLEN COULTER TO DIRECT FIRST EPISODE OF THE EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES "GET SHORTY"
A Dark Comedy Produced by MGM Television and Slated to Start Production Fall 2016
LOS ANGELES -- Premium TV network EPIX(R) announced today that Emmy(R) nominee Allen Coulter ("The Sopranos," "Damages") has signed on to direct the first episode of the network's original dark comedy series Get Shorty, a one hour drama series produced by MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes ("Shameless," "In Treatment," "Damages"), Get Shorty is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard's eponymous 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall for a summer 2017 premiere.
A seven-time Emmy nominee, Allen Coulter has directed the pilot episodes of a variety of high-profile television series including "Damages," "Nurse Jackie," and "Ray Donovan."
"Allen is one of the most talented and sought after directors in TV today and we're proud to have him on board to set the tone for Get Shorty," said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. "He has directed some of the most iconic television shows of the last 15 years, and along with Davey, we could not have found more appropriate and dynamic filmmakers to explore and expand upon the dark comedy elements from Elmore Leonard's original novel."
"We're thrilled to be working with such a brilliant and accomplished director," said Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. "With Allen launching the series and Davey's creative genius, we can't wait to share this twisted and immersive story with audiences worldwide."
In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.
EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials - all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of "TV Everywhere." It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation(R), Android phones and tablets, and Roku(R) players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple(R) iPhones(R) and iPads(R), Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
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About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and "The Hobbit" trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include "Fargo" (FX); "Vikings" (HISTORY); "The Voice" (NBC); "Survivor" (CBS); "Shark Tank" (ABC); "Beyond the Tank" (ABC);"Celebrity Apprentice"(NBC); "Teen Wolf" (MTV); "500 Questions" (ABC); "The People's Choice Awards" (CBS); "America's Greatest Makers" (INTEL/Turner), "Coupled" (FOX) and "Lucha Underground" (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" is currently filming its fourth season. MGM's television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.