Lionsgate Inks Director Paul Feig to Create More TV Content

Lionsgate March 1 announced a first-look deal with award-winning multi-hyphenate Paul Feig and his producing partner Jessie Henderson to create scripted and unscripted series and formats.

The studio/distributor’s relationship with Feig in the television business already includes the unscripted half-hour Netflix comedy series, “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” an absurdist look at pop culture. The show generated significant buzz in its Netflix global launch last month. Feig also created “Nurse Jackie” with Lionsgate for HBO.

“Paul epitomizes the ‘premium’ in premium talent, and our collaborative, cross-divisional approach allows us to tap his creative brilliance across an ever-expanding array of platforms,” Chris Selak, EVP and head of worldwide scripted television, said in a statement.

A three-time Emmy-nominated writer/director and DGA Award winner, Feig created critically-acclaimed TV series, “Freaks and Geeks,” and served as director and co-executive producer of “The Office. His series, “Other Space,” marked his return to television in 2015.

Feig’s theatrical credits include comedies BridesmaidsSpyGhostbusters, and The Heat.  His films have grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and he is currently in post-production on thriller, A Simple Favor, starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding, to be released Sept. 14 by Lionsgate.