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Endeavor partners Poul for scripted

Endeavor Content, the distribution and content finance arm of US entertainment giant Endeavor, has signed an exclusive deal with producer and director Alan Poul for the production of scripted content.

Alan Poul

With 25 years in film and TV under his belt, Poul is the holder of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, two Producers Guild Awards, three Peabody Awards and four GLAAD Awards.

He most recently produced and directed the new instalment of miniseries Tales of the City, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, for Netflix, having produced the original series in 1994.

Poul is currently exec producing and directing two episodes of Damien Chazelle’s musical drama The Eddy for Endeavor Content, which is due to premiere on Netflix in 2020.

His other current TV projects include Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon for the BBC and Starz and workplace comedy Intelligence for Showtime and Sky.

His previous credits include HBO’s Westworld, Six Feet Under, Rome and Big Love, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, CBS’s Swingtown, Netflix’s Grace & Frankie and ABC series GCB.

Under the agreement with Endeavor Content, Poul has joined the team exec producing Endeavor Content’s drama series Tokyo Vice for HBO Max.

To help him in his task, Poul’s prodco Boku Films has hired Sam Champtaloup as director of development to shepherd existing projects and develop new material.

Prior to this, Champtaloup was creative executive for scripted at First Look Media’s Topic Studios, before which he worked as an assistant at Endeavor.

“Alan is not only one of the greatest producers around but he is also a highly talented filmmaker and his illustrious production expertise makes him an invaluable partner to work with on The Eddy and Tokyo Vice,” said Joe Hipps, Endeavor Content’s senior VP of television.

“With his extensive background at HBO, he also has impeccable taste in creating ground-breaking, high-end series that resonates with audiences on a global scale.”

Endeavor Content’s parent is preparing for an IPO this autumn which could raise as much as US$700m.

Just under 20 million shares in Endeavor are being offered priced between $30 and $32 according to a filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week.

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