Mythology Entertainment Signs First Look Deal With Fox TV

Production company also hires two new department heads, Julia Gunn and Tracey Nyberg

Last Updated: March 12, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

Mythology Entertainment signed a first look deal on Thursday with 20th Century Fox Television and newly formed Fox 21 Television Studios to develop and produce broadcast, cable, and digital scripted series.

The production company also announced the hire of two new department heads, Julia Gunn as Executive Vice President of Television and Tracey Nyberg as Executive Vice President of Film. They will report to company co-founders Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak who serves as a consultant and producer in both film and television.

“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said in a joint statement to TheWrap. “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg to our team to oversee Mythology’s film slate. Julia and Tracey bring with them an extraordinary wealth of experience and relationships, not to mention great taste. We’re lucky to have them aboard.”

Read the release below:

MYTHOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS FIRST LOOK DEAL WITH 20th CENTURY FOX TELEVISION STUDIO & FOX 21 TELEVISION STUDIOS

PRODUCTION COMPANY EXPANDS WITH NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS JULIA GUNN, EVP TELEVISION & TRACEY NYBERG, EVP FILM

LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2015) – Mythology Entertainment signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and newly formed Fox 21 Television Studios to develop and produce broadcast, cable, and digital scripted series. The three year-old production company also expanded its in-house staff with the hiring of new department heads, Julia Gunn as Executive Vice President of Television and Tracey Nyberg as Executive Vice President of Film. They report to company co-founders Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak who serves as a consultant and producer in both film and television.

“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” said Fischer and Vanderbilt. “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg to our team to oversee Mythology’s film slate. Julia and Tracey bring with them an extraordinary wealth of experience and relationships, not to mention great taste. We’re lucky to have them aboard.”

Prior to Mythology, Julia Gunn served as Vice President, Scripted Programming at Lifetime, developing Glen Mazzara’s drama “Damien” set to premiere in 2015, shepherding two seasons of the breakout supernatural drama “The Witches of East End” and six seasons of fan favorite “Drop Dead Diva”. At Warner Bros Television, she oversaw current programming for series such as “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Friends” and “La Femme Nikita.” Gunn started as a television lit agent at ICM.
“It’s a dream for me to be joining a company that attracts the most talented people in our business, especially during such an inspired time in TV,” said Gunn. “Mythology is well known for nurturing visionary filmmakers and for packaging grade-A projects. I look forward to spearheading and growing our TV division as we realize those same high standards and bring the most compelling characters and imaginative stories to life.”

Tracey Nyberg most recently served as Senior Vice President of production at Temple Hill Entertainment, where she executive produced Lasse Hallstrom‘s box office hit SAFE HAVEN, and the upcoming widely anticipated drama THE LONGEST RIDE, directed by George Tillman, Jr. While there, she also shepherded the pilot for ABC’s hit series, “Revenge,” currently in its fourth season. Previously, Nyberg was Vice President of Production at Overbrook Entertainment where she worked on I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, and SEVEN POUNDS.

“Mythology is making fantastic films, and I am delighted to be joining Brad, Jamie, William and Julia. I have long admired their track record and commitment to excellence, and am excited to continue building their feature film slate in this dynamic time,” said Nyberg.

ABOUT MYTHOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT
Since the company’s launch three years ago, Mythology Entertainment has been producing a wide range of projects in film and television. Partners Bradley Fischer (BLACK SWAN, SHUTTER ISLAND, ZODIAC) and James Vanderbilt (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, ZODIAC) are currently in post-production on TRUTH, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, which also marks Vanderbilt’s directorial debut. William Sherak is also a producer on the film, which was financed by RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment.

Upcoming film projects include THE OVERLOOK HOTEL for Warner Bros., which Mark Romanek will direct from a script by Glen Mazzara; Richard Morgan’s Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, Altered Carbon, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis and David H. Goodman; and THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS adapted by Eric Kripke from the classic book series by John Bellairs. The company also made a recent push into family fare, closing a film deal with Outfit7 to turn its wildly popular app “Talking Tom and Friends” into a family film.

For television, Mythology is producing “Ashecliffe,” an HBO and Paramount Television series based on Martin Scorsese’s hit movie, SHUTTER ISLAND, which Fischer produced. Scorsese will direct the pilot based on a script by Shutter Island novelist, Dennis Lehane, who will also serve as showrunner. Also in development at HBO is “Silk Road” by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump, which Wheatley will direct.

Mythology Entertainment is repped by attorneys McKuin, Frankel & Whitehead, and Tim Connors. WME also negotiated on behalf of Mythology.