EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-nominated Yellowjackets executive producer Drew Comins has signed a first-look deal with film and TV studio Fifth Season for his Creative Engine Entertainment production company. Under the pact with the indie studio, run by co-CEOs Graham Taylor and Chris Rice, Creative Engine will continue to develop talent-driven original series for streaming platforms and premium cable outlets, which Comins will be executive producing.
Comins and Fifth Season already have taken out several high-profile series projects following the November end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, including The Holdout, a legal thriller drama written by Graham Moore based on his novel of the same name, which stars and is executive produced by Amy Adams; and Covers, which just landed at Netflix. The drama about a group of young spies at Oxford is written, directed and executive produced by Lena Dunham.
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In addition to Covers, which will film in London, and Europe-set con-artist drama Bambinas at Max, Creative Engine has a trio of other projects in the works through the UK arm of Fifth Season.
“The impressive slate Drew has built so quickly proves he is part of the next generation of great producers,” said Joe Hipps, Fifth Season’s President of TV Development and Production. “We are incredibly excited to partner with him and help grow the company.”
Comins is executive producer of Showtime’s breakout hit Yellowjackets, which has received 10 Emmy Award nominations for its first two seasons, including competing tonight in the Outstanding Drama Series category for the second consecutive year. The ensemble drama, which also has earned a Peabody nomination, and a Critics Choice Award for its first season, scored Showtime‘s best debut for a second season in over 10 years. Its third season is expected to start production soon.
“I am hugely inspired by what Chris, Graham and Joe are building at Fifth Season — the fearlessness of their creative pursuits and their willingness to empower audacious storytellers has led to some of the most captivating television today,” Comins said. “I’m thrilled to partner with a team that prizes the collaboration as much as the art itself. I look forward to adding to the incredible canon they’ve built to date.”
Comins, who was previously based at eOne, is joined at Creative Engine by Max Greenspan, whom he has hired as his VP of Production and Development. Greenspan, who most recently served as Director of Development for McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision, working across both TV and film to service the company’s respective overall deals with Disney and Netflix, began his career in the TV Lit department at ICM Partners.
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