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AMC and 'Django Unchained's Double Feature Films Producers Enter Into First Look Deal for Scripted TV

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2013 at 7:25PM

When the Oscar-nominated producers behind "Django Unchained" and "Erin Brockovich" head for cable, you know where the industry is trending. You can't live on indie films alone anymore. So vet producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg's Double Feature Films is forging a two-year first look deal with AMC, a first for the production company.
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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Django Unchained'

When the Oscar-nominated producers behind "Django Unchained" and "Erin Brockovich" head for cable, you know where the industry is trending. You can't live on indie films alone anymore. So vet producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg's Double Feature Films is forging a two-year first look deal with AMC, a first for the production company. Double Feature Films will develop and produce scripted projects. Among their other credits are Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion,"  TV series "Reno 911!," Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" and Zach Braff's "Garden State."

AMC's Joel Stillerman praises Sher and Shamberg's "incredible range of films; along with an iconic, out of the box, television series that is still talked about today. What's clear from looking at their body of work is that they are driven by great material, great ideas, and great talent; and they know how to put those things together."

Like everybody else, Sher and Shamberg "watch the great shows on AMC all the time," they admitted. "What AMC does so well is to tell great stories with fresh characters and their series truly feel like films."

I'm looking forward to what they have in store. Why not let Tarantino stretch his legs a little? He's been pushing at the boundaries of film form as it is.

This article is related to: Television, TV, AMC, Django Unchained


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.