Quibi, Lionsgate Partner for Original Series

Pending short-form video subscription service Quibi and Lionsgate Nov. 20 announced the order for series drama “Swimming With Sharks,” to be written and produced by Kathleen Robertson (“Murder in the First,” Lionsgate’s “Boss”) and directed by Tucker Gates (“Homeland,” “The Morning Show”). Production starts next February.

“Swimming with Sharks” is a contemporary update of George Huang’s original film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system. In this adaptation, a young female assistant is at the center of a studio filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know she is poised to outwit them all.

Chris Cowles (Chappaquiddick, Blockers) will also produce. Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey franchise) and Liz Destro (Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Cake) will serve as executive producers as well as Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who executive produced the original movie.

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“The series underscores our commitment to partnering with emerging platforms and expanding our valuable library properties like Swimming with Sharks into exciting new forms of storytelling,” Kevin Beggs, chairman Lionsgate Television, said in a statement.

Quibi, created by DreamWorks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and HP’s Meg Whitman, launches on April 6, 2020, priced at $4.99 monthly. The service plans to spend upwards of $1 billion on original short-form content targeting mobile devices.

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