The deal will see Grace and Frankie producer Skydance working with Mockingbird Pictures, which To the Bone and Wakefield producers Bonnie Curtis (below left) and Julie Lynn (right) operate, on feature films and television series.
They are currently in development on “multiple”projects, including Dietland, which comes through a deal Skydance has with UnReal creator Marti Noxon.
Dietland is billed as a coming-of-age-cum-revenge-fantasy-story set against the backdrop of the beauty industry and society’s obsession with weight loss.
Skydance has been increasing its roster of production partners through overall and first-look deals with the likes of Noxon, Sam Raimi, Laeta Kalogridis and Michael B. Jordan.
Curtis began her film career as Steven Spielberg’s assistant, working for the director for 15 years before going on produce films such as Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report.
Lynn worked as a creative executive for producer Mark Johnson before coproducing HBO’s presentation of Margaret Edson play Wit. She formed Mockinbird in 1999 and went on to produce films such as Nine Lives, and consult on Pixar Animation Studios features such as Up.
“Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to none,” said Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media.
“I have known and admired both of them for a long time and l am thrilled that they have become a part of the Skydance family. I look forward to the number of exciting film and television projects in our collective future.”
Skydance is also working with Noxon and her prodco, Tiny Pyro, on a currently untitled National Geographic scripted series, which will tell the story of the birth of the Nat Geo channel and the teams behind its first documentaries.