Sonar Entertainment Enters Into First-Look TV and Digital Deal with Michael Shamberg’s MAS Production
Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Michael Shamberg’s production company MAS Production. The new agreement encompasses content for television and digital platforms. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Michael Shamberg.
Michael Shamberg’s credits include Best Picture Academy Award nominations for producing Erin Brockovich and The Big Chill. Additional film credits include the science-based movies Contagion and Gattaca. Shamberg was an Executive Producer of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. His true story films include, World Trade Center and Man on the Moon. His credits also include Out of Sight, Wish I Was Here, Get Shorty, Reality Bites, Garden State, Along Came Polly and A Fish Called Wanda.
He was an Executive Producer of television’s Reno 911 and he is an EP on the AMC series Into the Badlands. His production companies have included Jersey Films, with Stacey Sher and Danny DeVito, and Double Feature Films with Sher. He formed MAS Production in 2015. Shamberg is also an advisor to BuzzFeed and is partnered with BuzzFeed feature films from BuzzFeed stories. MAS Production executives Alexandra Zimbler and Ameet Shukla will be producing with him.
“Michael’s eye for culturally significant, highly entertaining content is remarkable,” said Lesinski. “We are thrilled to be in business with him and look forward to the results of the partnership.”
“Sonar is a terrific home to make innovative television that will stand out in a medium where viewers have so many choices,” commented Shamberg.
Projects already in development as part of this new agreement are adaptations of two best-selling books: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.
In the New York Times bestseller Am I There Yet? writer/illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew uses essays and illustrations to capture the feelings and comical complexities of millennials. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? From creating a home in a new city to understanding the link between a good hair dryer and good self-esteem to dealing with the depths of heartache and loss, these tales of twentysomethings document a road less traveled—a road that sometimes is just the way you’re meant to go.
A Crack in Creation, by biochemists Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H. Sternberg, is a dramatic series about the positive and negative consqequences of science’s godlike power to create human life using the new gene-editing tool CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats), a revolutionary new technology that Doudna helped create. Doudna and Sternberg are consultants on the project.
Shamberg and MAS Production are represented by Adam Berkowitz and CAA, and Gang Tyre.