Chernobyl director Johan Renck and producer Michael Parets have launched a new production company Sinestra and signed a two-year television first-look deal with Fremantle.

Renck and Parets also announced their first TV collaboration with Fremantle in Mouth to Mouth. Based on the novel of the same name by Antoine Wilson, Mouth to Mouth is billed as ” ride into the raucous LA art scene of the 1990s”.

Renck’s credits include HBO/Sky series Chernobyl and limited series The Last Panthers (Sky/Canal+), starring John Hurt and Samantha Morton. He also directed pilots and episodes of TV series Vikings, Bloodline, Shut Eye, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Halt And Catch Fire and Bates Motel. He is currently in pre-production on the pilot for Dune: The Sisterhood for HBO Max.

Renck most recently directed the upcoming feature film Spaceman which will be released by Netflix in 2023 starring Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano.

Producer Michael Parets (Spaceman) will work alongside Renck at Sinestra. Parets most recently worked at Free Association running the film and tv unit where he developed and produced Spaceman for Netflix. Before that he worked for FilmNation.

Fremantle will be the new home for all of Sinestra’s upcoming televisions projects. As part of the agreement, selected TV projects will be co-owned, co-developed and co-produced, with Fremantle leading on physical production, raising production finance and international sales.

The deal was brokered by Fremantle’s Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama and Seb Shorr, executive vice president, Commercial & Business Affairs, Scripted and Renck’s team at Casarotto Ramsey & Assocs, CAA, Black Bear Pictures and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.




Pippa Considine

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