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Brad Pitt's Plan B to produce supernatural comedy for Lionsgate TV and Hulu

Date August 27, 2013

By Lucas Shaw

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Hulu and Lionsgate Television will produce "Deabeat," a supernatural comedy series created by "Wilfred" directors Cody Heller and Brett Konner and produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, the companies announced on Tuesday.

The show is the first partnership between Hulu, which is ramping up its production of original shows, and Lionsgate, which produces "Mad Men" for AMC and "Orange is the New Black" for Netflix.

Hulu will distribute the show in the U.S. via Hulu and its subscription service Hulu Plus while Lionsgate will distribute the show internationally.

The companies have ordered 10 episodes of the show, which follows a New Yorker who helps ghosts with unfinished tasks. Troy Miller, who directed every episode in the new season of "Arrested Development" with the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz, will direct and executive produce every episode of this series.

Plan B's Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg will produce with production slated for the fall.

Hulu's head of development Charlotte Koh said 'Deadbeat' is a welcome addition to our growing slate of smart, distinctive original programming" while Lionsgate TV Kevin Beggs described it as "fun, edgy and provocative."

Hulu recently launched "The Awesomes," an animated superhero comedy co-created by "Saturday Night Live" writer Seth Meyers. It is the first of four original shows that will debut on Hulu in the second half of the year.

When TheWrap spoke with interim CEO Andy Forssell a few weeks ago, he said Hulu could expand its slate to as many as eight new shows next year. "Deadbeat" is the first step in that direction.

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