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USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from Universal’s Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.
Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal UCP is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, UCP’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.
Amazon - Studios - President - Jennifer - Salke
I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its ties to the Bourne movie franchise, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner in Heroes’ Kring.
Written by Kring, Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a...
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