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15 May 2017

OSCAR®, GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY® AWARD WINNER KEVIN COSTNER TO STAR IN PARAMOUNT NETWORK’S NEW, ORIGINAL SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES, “YELLOWSTONE”

New York, NY, May 15, 2017 – World-renowned actor and Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner will serve in the lead role in “Yellowstone,” the first scripted series greenlit for the Paramount Network.  Written and directed by Oscar®-nominated and critically-acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water,” “Sicario,” “Wind River”) and executive produced by The Weinstein Company with John and Art Linson (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Fight Club,” “Heat”), “Yellowstone” goes into production for 10 one-hour episodes this fall and will debut on the network in Summer 2018.

 

“Our goal is to bring premium cinematic storytelling to television. With an icon such as Kevin Costner in front of the camera, and the renowned Taylor Sheridan behind the camera, we are off to a great start,” said Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. “We are thrilled to have such a celebrated actor as Costner to play the lead role in such an important project for Paramount Network,” Cox added.

 

“Taylor Sheridan wrote a giant of a character in lead John Dutton,” says TWC co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein.  “There was only one actor who could be transformational – Kevin Costner.   This is a coup for the show and fulfills a joint promise that Kevin and I made – that we would find a mutual project to work on.”

 

In “Yellowstone,” Costner stars as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.  It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier.  It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.

 

Costner is a critically–acclaimed actor, producer, director, and musician. One of our generation’s most accomplished actors, Costner’s unforgettable portrayals of characters from Eliot Ness in the “Untouchables” to Crash Davis in “Bull Durham,” to Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” and to Jim Garrison in “JFK,” have fortified his place in American cinematic lore. In television, Costner also won the Emmy Award®, Golden Globe Award®, and the Screen Actors Guild Award® for his role as Devil Anse Hatfield in “Hatfield’s & McCoys.”

 

Executive Producers for the series include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser.

 

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

 

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as THE KING’S SPEECH; THE ARTIST; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS; UNDEFEATED; THE MASTER; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET; HANDS OF STONE; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and LION.

 

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

 

Scripted series include the critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders on Netflix,  Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon, Stephen King’s The Mist for Spike TV and the military drama Six for HISTORY. Upcoming series include for Waco for Paramount TV, starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch, a new series from David O. Russell, starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore for Amazon, Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs for Amazon, and an epic reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables with the BBC.

 

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects includes Elvis, the first-ever scripted series to shoot at Graceland, Josephine and Napoleon by Tony Saint, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series The City and The City and Fearless.

 

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About Viacom:

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

 

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