Tom Forman


Critical co-founder Marcus exits

The co-founder of US producer Critical Content, Andrew Marcus, has exited. The move means Critical will now focus primarily on unscripted programming, with scripted chief Marcus focus on pursuing drama and comedy ambitions elsewhere. Critical launched in January 2016 out of the ashes of Relativity Television, which was sold off after Relativity Media went under. […]

Critical holds The Left Hand of Darkness

US producer Critical Content is developing a television version of Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel The Left Hand of Darkness as a limited series. The book tells the story of a lone human emissary’s journey to an alien world where inhabitants have a complex and androgynous sexuality. It was published in 1969 and a year later […]

Channel 4 buys JonBenét Ramsey true crime series

Channel 4 has acquired The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, the two-part true crime event series that bowed on CBS in the US earlier this year. The 2x120mins event special is produced by Critical Content and distributed by Electus International, which struck the UK deal. The show examines the infamous case of Ramsey, the six-year-old who was […]

Hollywood heavyweights form Critical board

Mark Itkin, Lauren Zalaznick and Frank Biondi are among the big name Hollywood execs that form fledgling prodco Critical Content’s new board. LA-based Critical launched at the start of the year after Anchorage, a senior secured lender of Relativity Media, bought the assets of Relativity Television. Having secured a series of deals in its first […]

Critical picks up German TNT drama

Critical Content has taken international rights to The Valley, the murder mystery drama that played on the TNT Series pay TV channel in Germany. Critical is the content company created by Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus after they took over Relativity’s TV division. It is making and distributing drama and unscripted shows. It has taken […]

Talpa hires Critical’s Danska

Talpa Media USA has poached Jennifer Danska from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, which sits within Tom Forman’s Critical Content. Danska (pictured) will be senior VP, programming and development at Talpa Media’s North American arm, which has also promoted VP Monica Stock to SVP of production and director ReBecca Crawford to VP, current programming and development. Talpa […]

Critical move for former Sony, Playboy exec

Tom Forman’s recently founded prodco Critical Content has recruited Christoph Pachler as executive VP and CFO. Pachler will be Critical’s first CFO, after Forman and Andrew Marcus created the company out of what was Relativity Television. The new recruit was EVP and CFO at Playboy for a six-year stint, ending this April. Prior to that he […]

Forman’s Critical teams with Machinima

Critical Content has teamed with Machinima and the pair will jointly work up new drama and unscripted projects. Critical is the prodco that Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus created after the pair separated what was Relativity TV from the Relativity Media group. It will work with gaming and digital content programmer and MCN operator Machinima […]

Lineup inks deal with Forman’s Critical Content

Tom Forman’s new firm Critical Content has optioned two formats from Lineup Industries, one of which will be the next vehicle for Catfish pair Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. Critical will take Lineup-distributed Radio Gaga and What the..?! into the US market. Schulman and Joseph are set to front a US version of Radio Gaga. […]

Tech crime drama for on-demand net Crackle

An original drama from the newly-established Critical Content is headed to Sony-owned on-demand platform Crackle. Martin Freeman (Fargo, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Adam Brody (The O.C.) will star in Star Up, which will run to ten episodes and comes from Ben Ketai. The show, which begins filming this week in Puerto Rico, follows […]