Paramount TV Taps ‘Hustle & Flow’ Director to Develop Pilots

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Studio signs multi-project pact with Craig Brewer

Paramount is tapping “Hustle & Flow” writer and director Craig Brewer to help bolster its newly created television studio, the studio said Thursday.

The studio, which officially launched a TV division last summer, signed a multi-project pact with Brewer in which he will write, direct and executive produce two dramatic pilots for its newly created television studio.

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Brewer and Paramount have a history. The studio distributed “Hustle & Flow,” which put Brewer on the map at the Sundance Film Festival. Brewer went on to direct a remake of “Footloose” and produce the biopic “Katie Perry: Part of Me” at Paramout. He will next write and adapt “Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills” for the studio.

His other directing credits include “Black Snake Moan.”

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“Craig’s ability to capture and authentically portray different cultural moments in time through his characters, narratives and singular musical taste make him one of the most inspired storytellers of this generation,” Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television, said in a statement. “I am proud of our friendship and the range of our collaborations over the last decade, and look forward to expanding our creative endeavors with him to the television side of the studio.”

Brewer is represented by William Morris Endeavor.