Todd Lieberman Launches Film/TV Co Hidden Pictures with Lionsgate Film Deal, Names Alex Young Prexy & Lands Bestseller ‘The Housemaid’ as First Acquisition
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Todd Lieberman formed Hidden Pictures and chose Alex Young for the position of president. Formed to generate film and television projects, Hidden Pictures has entered into a strategic film partnership with Lionsgate. The new company kicked off with a competing film rights deal for Freida McFadden’s best-selling novel The maid.
As part of its structure, Lieberman’s Hidden Pictures will have a development fund to secure, develop and package material in-house before releasing it to market. Besides Lionsgate, its financial partners include Mint Mobile CEO David Glickman.
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The venture follows Lieberman’s split with his Mandeville partner, David Hoberman. They were together for 20 years with films that grossed over $4 billion at the box office, including Disney live-action The beauty and the Beast. Their television credits include the USA Network series Monk.
The goal of Hidden Pictures will be to tell uplifting stories with a focus on discoveries of self, purpose, time and place. The hope is to reflect on the importance of shared stories that leave audiences with an uplifting sense of optimism to carry back into their lives.
“Hidden Pictures will be looking for stories that seek to entertain and inspire,” Lieberman said. “We want to explore and reveal the truths of our varied lives, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes shocking – and we aim to bring these discoveries to the fore through our upcoming slate of feature films, documentaries and TV series. We love Joe, Nathan, Erin and the entire Lionsgate team and are grateful for their confidence in us.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake called Lieberman an “extraordinarily creative collaborator”. His careful management of films such as Wonder, White Bird: A Wonderful Story and shotgun wedding in his hugely successful partnership with David Hoberman has made him one of our most beloved content creators. He’s a powerful producer with an exceptional sense of story, which is one of the main reasons why his films resonate with audiences everywhere. Having the chance to invest in him and Alex as they begin this new venture is like stepping onto the ground floor of something big.
Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group added, “Todd is one of the finest and most respected producers in the industry; his projects attract the best talent in the industry because they know he creates an environment where they can perform at their best. We couldn’t be happier with how his development roster is already assembled, and we’re excited to begin working with him, Alex, and the entire Hidden Pictures team on The maid and their future films.
Lieberman’s output rivals that of most producers every year, with eight films topping the box office opening weekend and three Oscars from 11 nominations. Apart The beauty and the Beastmovies include Marvel, The Aeronauts, Stronger, The Fighter, The Muppets, Hot Bodies and Proposal. Rescue Rangerswith Andy Samberg and John Mulaney for Disney+, is nominated for an Emmy for Best TV Movie.
Rounding out the Hidden Pictures team is Vice President Carly Kleinbart (who brought in The maid), Heather Zeegen, Head of Operations, Matt Rosler, Head of Digital, and Tony Curotto, Chief Creative Officer.
Kleinbart will have a producing role in The maid, which will be produced by Lieberman and Young. In the novel, a struggling woman is relieved when she starts over as a maid for a wealthy, upscale couple. Soon she falls in love with the kind and attractive husband. Behind closed doors, she sees everything and soon learns that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than her own.
Richard King of Bookouture brokered the deal.
Hidden Images has other narrative and documentary projects that trickle down. Lieberman will continue to produce all existing Mandeville titles alongside Hoberman. They understand shotgun wedding for Lionsgate/Amazon, and White Bird: A Wonderful Story (Lionsgate/Participant) as well as upcoming titles including Shrunk (Disney).
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