Former ABC executive Chad Hoffman will spearhead the operation
Lakeshore Entertainment is launching a television department to be headed by former ABC executive Chad Hoffman, the company said Wednesday.
Hoffman (right) developed David Lynch’s early ’90s crime drama “Twin Peaks” while serving as vice president of dramatic series at ABC. His resume also includes Hearst Entertainment, Sony, and internet start-up Permission TV.
The new business venture comes on the heels of Lakeshore’s sale of the “Sebastian Maniscalco Project” to NBC through Sony Pictures Television. Lakeshore is also producing “Blanco” for Cinemax in association with Fox TV Studios.
Lakeshore, which regularly finances its own films and handles international sales, plans on doing the same with its television projects, while taking advantage of its strong ties to international markets to partner with foreign producers and distributors.
“Our approach is a response to the ever widening, multi-platform world where creating content and controlling as many rights as possible is what counts,” Hoffman said. “We will be very active as buyers in soliciting and developing material from outstanding talent as well as exploring Lakeshore’s extensive library of film titles to find those that have series potential.”
“We will build on our successful feature formula of developing, financing, producing and owning carefully selected projects,” Lakeshore’s chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg added. “Being able to get quality projects made independently is one of the hallmarks of Lakeshore and we will expand that to television.”
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