“The Occupant” Named as First Project Under New Deal
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (August 20, 2020) – Entertainment 360, MRC Television’s joint venture with Management 360, has entered into a first look with Familystyle, the production company run by director/producer Karyn Kusama and writer/producers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay.
The first project being developed under the deal is the original series “The Occupant,” written by Manfredi and Hay and to be directed by Kusama. The Los Angeles-set conspiracy is about a mentally fragile, but idealistic person, who becomes a reluctantly pivotal figure in the clandestine struggle between a seemingly benign modern megacorporation and the ragtag groups of Angelenos who oppose it.
"Phil, Matt, and I have made some of our most personal work as a team,” said Kusama. “We are truly thrilled that MRC Television and E360 are the latest additions to our creative family. From the get-go, it was clear that our friends there shared our enthusiasms and ambitions and would be the perfect partners for us.”
Kusama, Hay and Manfredi have collaborated on numerous feature films including “Destroyer,” for which Nicole Kidman received a Golden Globe® nomination, and the acclaimed thriller “The Invitation.”
Kusama has directed numerous projects for television including “Yellowjackets,” a pilot for Showtime, HBO’s “The Outsider; “Halt & Catch Fire” for AMC, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” and “Billions” at Showtime among numerous others. She made her feature debut with “Girlfight,” which earned the Grand Jury Prize and Director’s Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the prestigious Prix de la Jeunesse (Award of Youth) at Cannes.
Hay and Manfredi created and are currently in pre-production on the series “Mysterious Benedict Society” at Hulu. Their additional feature projects include “Ride Along” and “Ride Along 2” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, “Clash of the Titans” starring Liam Neeson, and “crazy/beautiful” starring Kirsten Dunst.
MRC Television’s current projects including “The Shrink Next Door” and “Shining Girls” at Apple TV+, “The Terminal List” at Amazon and returning series “Ozark” for Netflix, which recently received 18 Emmy® Award nominations, and “The Great” at Hulu.
Entertainment 360 is an artist-centric studio that produces content for television and digital platforms. Prior to forming the joint venture, the company’s credits include HBO’s multiple Emmy Award winning series “Game of Thrones” and AMC’s “The Terror,” as well as the upcoming series include “Ripley” created by Steve Zaillian.
About MRC Television
MRC Television is a leading independent studio, which sources, finances, develops, and produces shows in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative artists. To date, the studio’s series have been nominated for 93 Emmy® Awards and 11 Golden Globe ® Awards. The current slate includes “Ozark,” from Chris Mundy and starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, on Netflix; “The Outsider,” an adaptation of the Stephen King novel from Richard Price, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo, and for which Jason Bateman directs and executive produces on HBO; and “The Great,” from Tony McNamara, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, on Hulu. The studio recently announced a new limited series “The Shrink Next Door,” starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd and from director Michael Showalter and writer Georgia Pritchett with Apple TV+; “The Terminal List,” for which Chris Pratt stars and executive produces alongside director Antoine Fuqua and writer David DiGilio, with Amazon Studios; and “Shining Girls,” starring Elisabeth Moss and produced with Appian Way and Love & Squalor Pictures for Apple TV+. MRC Television’s previous series include “House of Cards” and “Counterpart,” among others. For additional information, visit www.mrcentertainment.com.