In its first company acquisition on the TV side, in a competitive situation Legendary Entertainment has bought 100% of TV production company Asylum Entertainment, producer of The Kennedys miniseries. Asylum will be part of Legendary Television & Digital Media.
Founded in 2003 by Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch, who got their start in sports documentaries, Asylum is known for producing such programs as three documentaries for ESPN’s critically lauded 30 For 30 series and the Beyond The Glory series for Fox Sports, Beverly Hills Pawn, miniseries The Kennedys and TV movie Ring Of Fire. The company recently landed a pilot order at Comedy Central for half-hour Crazy House. It is now in production on feature documentary Happy Valley, focusing on the sexual abuse scandal that recently rocked Penn State University and its football program. Next year, the company will release its first film, Small Time, written and directed by 24 co-creator Joel Surnow.