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Josh Gordon And Will Speck Sign First Look Deal With Sony Pictures Entertainment
Speck & Gordon Expands With New Hires Including Eric Fineman As Head Of Development
Josh Gordon and Will Speck have signed a first look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to develop and produce feature films. Speck & Gordon most recently directed Sony Pictures’ live-action musical adaptation of the beloved children’s book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, starring Javier Bardem and Constance Wu, with songs by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning songwriters Pasek & Paul and Shawn Mendes. The film earned over $100 million at the global box office and will be released in theaters in China on April 15, 2023. Their other film credits include Blades of Glory, The Switch, and Office Christmas Party.
"Josh and Will are the definition of a double threat, brilliantly talented and incredibly charming. Everything they do is impressive from their groundbreaking commercials to their razor-sharp comedies. We got to see their talent firsthand on Lyle, Lyle Crocodile where they created a vibrant world starring an endearing, singing crocodile they brought to life through song and dance. Not an easy task. We're thrilled to expand our relationship with Speck and Gordon.” said Sanford Panitch, President, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.
“Tom, Sanford, Josh, Brittany and the whole team at Sony were incredible creative partners on Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and with their fierce commitment to the theatrical experience it made our continued partnership with them a no-brainer.” said Will Speck and Josh Gordon.
Currently in development, Speck & Gordon are attached to direct a film based on the AfterShock Comic ‘The Kaiju Score’ for Columbia Pictures. Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal at Escape Artists are producing along with AfterShock Media’s Lee and Jon Kramer.
Speck & Gordon are also attached to direct the A24 television thriller Silverlake starring Zach Quinto and written by Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale).
Also, in the television space, they are the creators and showrunners of the Hulu/Marvel animated series Hit Monkey, which was recently ordered for a second season and stars Jason Sudeikis.
As veteran commercial directors, their work has been awarded everything from Grand Clios, to British Gold Arrows, and over twenty Cannes Lions. They are founding directors at Santa Monica and London based Furlined, which was named Commercial Production Company of the Year at the One Show. Their work in short form content has been nominated for both Academy Awards and Emmys.
Joining Speck & Gordon’s company as Head of Development and Production will be Eric Fineman who previously served as a senior executive at Pascal Pictures working on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Silk: Spider Society, and Long Bright River. Prior to that he was Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures working on Venom, Madame Web, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Miracles From Heaven, and Goosebumps.
Also, coming on board as a Creative Executive is Katy Saindon, who arrives from Get Lifted Film Co., where she worked on Phantom of the Opera for Universal and Homecoming for Lionsgate. Katy got her start at WME and from there moved to Lionsgate in 2019 where she worked across various film projects including Bombshell, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar and the upcoming feature adaptation of Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.
Speck & Gordon are repped by Todd Feldman, Pete Stein, and Laura Gordon at CAA and attorney Warren Dern.