21 NOV 2019


The drama is a contemporary update of George Huang’s original film and it will be wrote and produced by Kathleen Robertson with Tucker Gates as director and Chris Cowles as producer.


Quibi and global content leader Lionsgate announced the series order of the drama “Swimming with Sharks” to be written and produced by Kathleen Robertson (“Murder in the First,” Lionsgate’s “Boss”) and directed by Tucker Gates (“Homeland,” “The Morning Show”). Chris Cowles (“Chappaquiddick”, “Blockers”) will also produce.

Likewise, Dana Brunetti (“Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise) and Liz Destro (“Lee Daniel’s The Butler”, “Cake”) will serve as executive producers as well as Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who executive produced the original movie. Production starts next February. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with our friend Jeffrey Katzenberg and the incredible team at Quibi,” said Lionsgate Television Chairman Kevin Beggs. “The series underscores our commitment to partnering with emerging platforms and expanding our valuable library properties like Swimming with Sharks into exciting new forms of storytelling.”

“Swimming with Sharks” is a contemporary update of George Huang’s original film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system. In this adaptation, a young female assistant is at the center of a studio filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know she is poised to outwit them all.

Robertson adds to her growing list of writing credits including “Little Bee”, a film adaptation of Chris Cleave’s best-selling novel starring Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts. This follows another big screen adaptation of “The Possibilities”, Kaui Hart Hemmings’ follow up novel to “The Descendants”, with Helen Estabrook and Jason Reitman producing and Reitman planning to direct. She’s also adapting Dark Horse’s ‘Lady Killer’ comics into a feature film and recently starred in the family drama series “Northern Rescue.”