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.