HBO Signs Deal with David Milch for Faulkner Adaptations

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HBO has inked a new multi-year exclusive television deal with David Milch's Redboard Productions to produce films and TV series based on selections from the William Faulkner Literary Estate.

The deal covers all 19 novels and 125 short stories in the estate, as well as other works not contracted to other parties, with HBO having exclusive first opportunity to produce and distribute the resulting TV projects.

Milch will partner with Lee Caplin, the executor of the estate and CEO of Picture Entertainment Corp. to choose which works to develop, with both serving as executive producers on the projects. Milch will serve as the executive writer in charge of adapting the works.

"We are especially pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with one of the industry's most talented contemporary writers," said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. "We know that whatever David brings to the HBO table will be exciting and innovative."

HBO's agreement with Redboard also covers any further services on the Milch's upcoming series Luck, which premieres Jan. 29.