EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Jessica Rhoades’ Pacesetter and Alexander Tsekalo’s Sreda Global secured the rights to the rented 2020 book from David Hill Vapors for television, with The Loudest voice executive producer / showrunner Alex Metcalf attached to the pen adaptation of the series.
A long-standing personal passion of Metcalf, Vapors tells the unknown story of Hot Springs, Arkansas – America’s forgotten vice capital. Home to healing waters, dozens of churches, and the original United States National Park, plus illegal gambling, countless back rooms and brothels, and some of the nation’s baldest criminals. For decades Hot Springs was a pocket of sin in the Biblical belt buckle. It’s the story of gangsters gone right, believers gone wrong and the growth of Black Broadway, supported by a burgeoning African American middle class in the center of Jim Crow South.
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Metcalf, Rhoades and Hill will be executive producers; Rachel Polan will serve as a co-EP for Pacesetter. The project reunites Metcalf with Rhoades and Pacesetter, with whom he worked as a consultant producer on series Sharp objects and Utopia, produced by Rhoades management.
Tsekalo and Cory Lanier will produce for Sreda Global, the studio founded in 2019 by Tsekalo as an extension of Russian television production company Sreda which has produced more than 30 series over the past decade, several of which have been licensed. to Netflix and Amazon.
Metcalf TV credits also include Unreal on A + E / Lifetime, and Kingdom on DirectTV / Netflix.
In addition to his work on Amazon Prime Video Utopia and HBO Emmy nominee Sharp objects – both based on novels by Gillian Flynn – Rhoades was recently executive producer of the second season of the series created by Alexandra Cunningham Dirty John.
Pacesetter Has Upcoming HBO Max Limited Series Eleven station creator Patrick Somerville as well as two projects in development at NBC, Matched, by writer Rohit Kumar, and Companions by writer Jordana Lewis Jaffe, with Samantha Bird’s Hunting, which is in development at writer Anna Moriarty’s Starz, with Jessica Yu attached to directing.
Sreda Global’s list of original series and features, overseen by Lanier, includes formats Trigger and Alibi, set up at CBS Studios and Propagate Content, respectively. Some of their limited series projects include Impresario, written by Arash Amel, Night, an original Miles Chapman genre series and Back in the USSR, a comic feature film written by Isaac Adamson. Jon Jashni is a partner and founding advisor of Sreda Global.
The agreement was negotiated by UTA. Metcalf is replaced by UTA, Grandview and attorney Logan Clare in Ziffren. Hill is replaced by UTA and Jim Rutman at Sterling Lord Literistic. Pacesetter is replaced by UTA and lawyer Adam Cooper at Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Sreda Global is replaced by Peter Nichols from Lichter Grossman and Alla Savranskaia from Greenberg Glusker.