Former WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has launched a new production company, The Green Room, and has moved to Lionsgate, where he will develop and produce TV projects under a major new contract. . As part of the pact, Jon Wu will join Greenblatt to serve as producer and head of filmed content for The Green Room.
The Greenblatt deal was announced Tuesday by Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.
Greenblatt has been busy since leaving WarnerMedia in August; before the deal with Lionsgate, he had already set up plans across town, including the upcoming “Annie Live!” From NBC. – a new take on the musical, starring Taraji P. Henson, Harry Connick Jr., Nicole Scherzinger and Titus Burgess – which premieres on December 2.
The deal is a major win for Lionsgate, given Greenblatt’s successful and prolific production over the years as producer and executive. Most recently at WarnerMedia Entertainment, early programming hits from his supervision included the Emmy-nominated HBO Max series “Hacks”, “The Flight Attendant” and the announced reunion special “Friends”.
Previously, as President of NBC Entertainment, projects developed under his leadership included Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” trilogy, “The Blacklist”, “The Good Place”, “This Is Us” and “The Voice”, as well as ‘a series of live concerts. musical events, starting with “The Sound of Music Live”. Greenblatt also worked closely with Lionsgate during his tenure as president of entertainment at Showtime, which has seen success with Lionsgate-produced shows such as “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie”.
“I am proud to welcome Bob to the Lionsgate family,” said Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate. “In the more than 30 years that I have known him, he has been associated with some of the most iconic television shows in history, and his connection to his creative talents and his instinct for great intellectual property are second to none. He brings a major studio and world-class platform perspective to our television business that will help us continue to drive our growth. “
As a producer, Greenblatt’s credits include “Six Feet Under” (for which he won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, among other accolades) and “The Hughleys”. And as prime-time programming manager at Fox, he helped kick off shows such as “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Melrose Place” and “The X-Files.” Greenblatt is also a prolific theater producer, winning Tony Awards for “Dear Evan Hansen” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”, as well as the Olivier Award for “Dear Evan Hansen”.
“After working with them on hits like ‘Weeds’ and ‘Nurse Jackie’ this felt like the most appropriate and entrepreneurial creative house for my next chapter,” said Greenblatt. “I am impressed with their tenacity and experience as visionaries who are passionate about our company… what I love about Lionsgate is that they are truly an independent studio and they manage to put some big projects together. in all the city. I also join the company of very distinguished producers.
Wu will join the company in October. He was most recently at Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine shingle, where he was vice president of film and television and oversaw projects such as “The Morning Show” and “Surface” from Apple TV Plus. He also produced the feature film “Where the Crawdads Sing”. Prior to that he was based at 20th Century Fox, working on feature films such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Greatest Showman”, “Deadpool 2” and “Murder on the Orient Express”. He started his career at WME Entertainment.
“I am also delighted to welcome Jon Wu to the new company and look forward to our collaboration with all of the Lionsgate teams,” added Greenblatt.