FX Inks First-Look Deal With ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Producers

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" will develop projects for cable in their first TV deal

FX Productions has landed a first-look deal with Color Force, the production company owned by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" duo Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, FX said Wednesday. The deal, which covers cable television, marks Color Force's first TV venture and FX Productions' first "pod" deal.

Under the agreement, Color Force will develop series projects from writers-producers and secure rights to published material for series adaptation.

“Over the past 20 years, Nina Jacobson has amassed one of the most successful bodies of work in the film business, both as an executive and a producer,” FX Networks president and general manager John Landgraf said i a statement. “We are thrilled that she and Brad Simpson have chosen to partner with FX Productions for their first venture into television.”

Jacobson noted that the deal with FX Productions was "creatively irresistible."

"Color Force truly values story and character and there is so much great storytelling happening in TV right now, especially at FX," Jacobson said. "John Landgraf and his team are real risk takers who make some of our favorite shows and they feel like a great fit for us. Color Force plans to approach TV the same way we do features — by creating an environment in which singular voices can flourish," said Jacobson.

Jacobson and Simpson served as producers on the 2010 film "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and its recent sequel, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." She also served as a producer on the hugely successful "Hunger Games," which Color Force co-produced, and will do so on the upcoming sequels to "Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins' series of young adult novels.