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Universal’s UCP strikes unscripted first-look deal with John Legend’s Get Lifted

UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, has struck a first-look deal for unscripted series and an exclusive multi-year overall deal for scripted content with Get Lifted Film Co., the ...
July 7, 2022

UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, has struck a first-look deal for unscripted series and an exclusive multi-year overall deal for scripted content with Get Lifted Film Co., the prodco led by Tony- and Emmy-winning producer Mike Jackson, producer and musician John Legend (pictured), and Friends At Work CEO Ty Stiklorius.

Recent documentary projects from Get Lifted have included the Al Sharpton documentary¬†Loudmouth, which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival; Citizen Ashe,¬†about tennis icon Arthur Ashe, which was produced with CNN Films and HBO Max; and HBO doc Legend of the Underground. The prodco is also behind such docuseries and unscripted series as Rhythm + Flow for Netflix and Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children for HBO.

“We are elated to align with the talented team at Get Lifted Film Co. to bring their incredible scripted and unscripted stories to life,” said Beatrice Springborn, president, UCP, in a statement. “Mike, John and Ty have an absolutely astonishing track record, and we’re excited to support their vision through this new alliance.”

“We’re so excited to broaden our relationship with the Universal family,” added Mike Jackson. “Especially working closely with Beatrice, Toby [Gorman, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio] and Pearlena [Igbokwe, chairman, Universal Studio Group] to help us continue to define our voice as producers within the television landscape.”

Get Lifted Film Co. is represented by WME and Nina Shaw, Jean Tanaka and Kevin Garlitz of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finklestein and Lezcano.

About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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