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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look TV Deal With MGM

Goldsman and Weed Road will develop scripted dramas for the studio

MGM TV has signed Akiva Goldsman and his production company, Weed Road, to a multi-year first-look deal.

Under the multiyear year deal, Goldsman and Weed Road will collaborate with MGM to develop scripted dramas for the studio. Goldsman will write and executive produce MGM’s previously announced series “Ringworld” for Amazon. The project is based on Larry Niven’s 1970’s science fiction book of the same name. Goldsman will also produce “Aurora Rising” for the studio, based on Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling YA sci-fi thriller.

Weed Road President of Production Greg Lessans and creative executives Rachel Reznick and Alexandra Neal will oversee the deal on behalf of Weed Road. Weed Road’s current television slate includes Showtime’s “Gormenghast,” “100 Days Without Fear” at Fox, and an Untitled Sandra Bullock/John Legend series at Amazon.

Goldsman is also co-creator and executive producer on CBS All Access’ upcoming “Star Trek: Picard,” as well as DC Universe’s “Titans.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with MGM,” said Goldsman. “Their creative and business acumen, thoughtful attention to storytelling, and excellent executives make them optimal collaborators in today’s ever-changing television landscape.”

“Akiva is a powerhouse talent with impeccable taste and creative instincts,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s president of TV production and development. “MGM is thrilled to be in business with him and our entire team looks forward to our collaboration on ‘Ringworld’ and to the many distinctive and quality projects that lie ahead together.”