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Home>Skydance Television Forms Multi-Year Overall Agreement with Award-Winning Writer-Producers Patrick Massett and John Zinman

Skydance Television Forms Multi-Year Overall Agreement with Award-Winning Writer-Producers Patrick Massett and John Zinman

Skydance Television Forms Multi-Year Overall Agreement with Award-Winning Writer-Producers Patrick Massett and John Zinman

09/28/2017

Skydance Television Forms Multi-Year Overall Agreement with Award-Winning Writer-Producers Patrick Massett and John Zinman

Duo Set as Showrunners for First-Ever Live Action TV Series Based on Sword Art Online

Skydance Television today announced that it has augmented its growing roster of creative talent by entering into a multi-year overall agreement with award-winning writer-producers Patrick Massett and John Zinman (Friday Night Lights, The Blacklist, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).

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John Zinman Headshot (Photo: Business Wire)

John Zinman Headshot (Photo: Business Wire)

The studio currently has several projects in development with the pair, including the first-ever live action television series for Sword Art Online (SAO), the massive Japanese novel and anime franchise to which Skydance acquired the global rights last year. Massett and Zinman will serve as writers, showrunners, and executive producers on the Skydance series. Together with Massett and Zinman, Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Altered Carbon) will write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the SAO series alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross. Kalogridis, who has an exclusive overall deal at Skydance, first introduced the studio to the property and the world of SAO.

“Patrick and John have shown incredible range in their storytelling capabilities, from subtle character drama to big, world-building action, and we are beyond fortunate that they have joined the Skydance family,” said Skydance Television President Marcy Ross. “We’re already deep in development with Patrick, John, and Laeta on our larger than life Skydance SAO series, in which we aim not only to satisfy the franchise’s enthusiastic sci-fi and anime fan base but also to appeal to new TV audiences the world over.”

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