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‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst Signs First-Look Development Deal With A+E Studios

Multi-year agreement entails creating original drama programming for the A+E portfolio of networks

A+E Studios is going plundering with Michael Hirst.

Hirst, the creator of History’s hit drama “Vikings,” has entered a multi-year, first-look development deal with A+E Studios, which is currently involved in an ongoing expansion.

Under the agreement, Hirst will work closely with the A+E Studios team to develop, create and produce original drama programming for the A+E portfolio of networks including A&E, Lifetime and History, as well as outside buyers.

“I’m delighted to be joining with A+E Studios in a creative, ongoing partnership,” Hirst said of the agreement. “My experience working with the History Channel on ‘Vikings’ has been altogether positive, enjoyable and collaborative. I now look forward eagerly to developing more original drama with the A+E Studios’ very committed team. Per adua ad astra.” (For those unfamiliar with air-force mottoes, that translates to “Through adversity to the stars.”)

This marks A+E Studios’ second overall production deal, the first being with Carlton Cuse of A&E’s “Bates Motel” and “The Returned.”

“Michael is an extraordinarily gifted writer and producer,” A+E Studios executive vice president Barry Jossen said. “His distinct voice and unique vision make him an ideal partner for A+E Studios.  We look forward to a long and productive future together.”

In addition to “Vikings,” Hirst’s credits include “The Ballad of the Sad Café,” “Fools of Fortune,” “Elizabeth” and “The Tudors.”

WME/IMG and United Agents represent Hirst.