‘The First Omen’ Filmmakers Arkasha Stevenson & Tim Smith Ink With WME

EXCLUSIVE: The First Omen director and co-scribe Arkasha Stevenson and the pic’s screenwriter/EP Tim Smith have signed with WME for representation in all areas.

The news comes in the wake of the 20th Century Studios’ prequel to the 1976 theatrical release grossing north of $35M at the global box office through its first ten days of release, as well as 80% certified fresh with Rotten Tomatoes critics. Stevenson and Smith wrote the screenplay with Keith Thomas off a story by Ben Jacoby, based on the characters by David Seltzer.

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The duo partnership first came to public attention with the short film Pineapple, which made its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Under Stevenson’s direction and Smith’s production acumen, Pineapple was not only a festival standout but also a concept robust enough to be sold as a TV series to AMC, for which Stevenson and Smith collaboratively penned the pilot episode.

Beyond Pineapple, Stevenson and Smith have expanded their horizons, working on original projects for Hulu and Prime Video. Their joint venture continued as they both assumed the role of co-EPs on the critically acclaimed Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block for Syfy, with Stevenson directing every episode.

Their collaboration extended with Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavor, where Stevenson helmed the pilot, and Smith contributed as a co-producer. Stevenson also directed on such series as FX’s Legion and USA’s Briarpatch.

Before venturing into filmmaking, Stevenson’s began her career as a photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times. She was also a production supervisor on projects like Duck Butter and Searching.

Stevenson and Smith continue to be represented by 2AM and Melissa Rogal at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Feldman, Rogal, Shikora & Clark Inc.

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