Michael Seitzman Inks First-Look TV Deal With Blumhouse – .
EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse has signed an initial television contract with writer / producer Michael Seitzman (Code Black, Quantico) and his company Maniac Productions.
The pact formalizes Seitzman’s existing collaboration with Blumhouse, the company of his longtime friend, producer Jason Blum. Under the contract, Seitzman will write and produce projects for Blumhouse’s TV division under the direction of Chris McCumber.
“Michael is a great partner and has an unmatched ability to make projects a success. He has a discerning eye and the rare gift of discovering the most compelling material and talent, ”said Blumhouse Television McCumber, President of Blumhouse Television. “We are very happy and proud to be in business with Michael.”
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As announced in October, Seitzman is currently working on a scripted and an unscripted series based on the Detroit Youth Choir, one of the breakout acts from season 14 of America’s Got Talent, which they finished in runner-up.
Queen Sugar’s Anthony Sparks is on hand to create the Anthony White story-inspired screenplay series as a teacher, mentor, and father figure to more than 1,000 children whose lives he influenced and empowered for over two decades through music in the heart of Detroit. He will serve as the showrunner and executive producer of the show, which is currently under development. It is being produced by Maniac Productions, Blumhouse Television, with Ross Dinerstein of Campfire as executive producer.
The non-written documentaries in production that will record the 2020-2021 season of the DYC will be produced by Maniac Productions, Blumhouse Television and Campfire.
Seitzman also has several feature films in development at Blumhouse, including the previously announced adaptation of former Congressman Katie Hill’s memoir, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Fight for True Equality. Elisabeth Moss will appear as Hill and Seitzman will produce and write the script. He previously produced the feature film Incarnate for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures with Aaron Eckhart, directed by Brad Peyton (Rampage).
“Jason is strangely unaware of his dazzling success, which is why he treats each project as his first and possibly his last. That kind of passion is contagious and permeates every corner of Blumhouse. Jason, Chris McCumber and (production manager) Jeremy Gold are as smart and savvy as they come and athletic in the way they go about their business. I couldn’t ask for a better partner, ”said Michael Seitzman.
Seitzman has signed a general contract with ABC Signature. Previously, he was Executive Producer / Showrunner at Quantico (ABC), Creator / Executive Producer / Showrunner at Code Black (CBS) and Intelligence. . As a screenwriter, Seitzman has written numerous films, including the Warner Bros. publication North Country, which received two Academy Award nominations for best actress in a leading role (Charlize Theron) and best actress in a supporting role (Frances McDormand).