Antoine Fuqua has signed an overall television agreement with Paramount and MTV Entertainment Studios, Variety has learned.
The deal comes after Fuqua served as executive producer on the Paramount Plus series “Mayor of Kingstown.” The first season of this series ended in January with a second season underway. Fuqua returns as an EP on Season 2.
Fuqua and his Hill District Media will focus on developing original scripted and unscripted content under the deal. 101 Studios, which also produces “Mayor of Kingstown”, serves as production partners on all of these projects.
“Developing an ongoing partnership with Paramount & 101 Studios is a huge honor and I look forward to working together on a new slate of projects,” Fuqua said. “They are great partners to work with on ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ and share the vision of what’s to come for Hill District Media.”
Fuqua is also currently under a first-look deal with Netflix. The acclaimed director is known for his work on films such as “Training Day”, the two films “Equalizer” and “Southpaw” among several others.
“From ‘Training Day’ to ‘South Paw’, and now ‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ Antoine is one of the greatest,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with him and to have MTV Entertainment Studios as our new television home.”
Fuqua has branched out into television in recent years, serving as an executive producer not only on “Mayor of Kingstown” but also on shows like “The Resident” and “Shooter.” He is also an executive producer and director of the upcoming Amazon series “The Terminal List” with Chris Pratt and “Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation” at Showtime.
He is replaced by LBI Entertainment and attorney Matt Johnson.
“Antoine is a prolific and impactful storyteller, a fantastic collaborator and a great all-around human,” said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “We are honored to partner with him and Hill District Media as well as our frequent cohorts at Paramount.”