President & CEO of Sandbox Entertainment Jason Owen and Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division have struck a development deal. Through the agreement, Sandbox Productions will produce a slate of original long-form projects across multiple platforms and distributors.
Under the new multi-year agreement, Sandbox Productions and SME will collaborate on the creation, production and distribution of scripted and unscripted content across TV, film and digital formats, including the development of a June Carter Cash documentary which will trace Carter’s roots and showcase her journey to country stardom.
The companies have also partnered on the premiere of Love, Tom, a letter of hope narrated over the course of a single night in Nashville by Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Tom Douglas.
“I’m thrilled to announce Sandbox Production’s partnership with SME’s Premium Content Division,” says Owen. “Tom Mackay and his team at SME share the same enthusiasm and passion for thinking big picture and value the importance of creating content that is engaging for all audiences. We have a lot more film and TV projects currently in development and I can’t wait for everyone to see these incredible works come to fruition.”
Through the partnership, Sandbox Productions will consult and collaborate with writers, directors, on-screen talent, artists, and visual creators to provide creative direction on new and developing projects. A producer and acclaimed manager, Owen will tap into his expertise and connections within the industry to create projects that tell the stories of music, history, and culture set in the south.
Owen currently serves as executive producer on several country-music scripted films and two TV series with Fox including Monarch, an original country dynasty drama, and Icon, a limited anthology series spotlighting The Judds. Owen is also co-producing My Kind Of Country, a non-scripted music competition series with Apple TV+, alongside Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine.
Owen recently served as an executive producer on the Amazon Holiday Special The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. In 2017, he teamed up with Faith Hill & Oprah’s Lisa Erspamer to executive produce Nashville’s first-ever national daytime syndicated talk show, Pickler & Ben. He has also been an executive producer for Showtime’s music documentary Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul, The Cooking Channel’s Kimberly’s Simply Southern starring Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman, and Shania Twain’s ABC concert special Shania: Still The One Live from Vegas.
“Jason is at the forefront of storytelling in Nashville and his relationships across the entire entertainment industry make him an incredible partner to work with,” adds Mackay, President, Premium Content, Sony Music Entertainment. “We are inspired by his vision to bring new life to beloved stories and look forward to continuing our relationship with Sandbox Productions to reach new audiences across all formats.”
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