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Rodney Barnes To Pen ‘Tiger Woods’ Scripted Miniseries, Entertainment 360 Comes On Board

By Peter White June 29, 2020

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EXCLUSIVE: The Tiger Woods scripted mini-series based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian's biography of the controversial golf champion, has moved a step closer to a hole in one after finding its writer and a production partner.

Rodney Barnes, who recently wrote on Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga and is penning HBO’s Untitled Lakers Project, will write the drama, while Entertainment 360, the joint venture between Management 360 and Media Rights Capital (MRC), has teamed up with Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios to produce the project.

The project came after Wheelhouse Entertainment struck a partnership with Benedict, who co-wrote the book with Armen Keteyian, a former 60 Minutes correspondent.

The book, which was published in 2018 year, became a New York Times best seller and tells the story of one of the greatest career comebacks in sports history.

Published by CBS Corp-owned Simon & Schuster, the book opens with the 2009 car accident on the day after Thanskgiving that precipitated Woods’ infidelity scandal. The authors spoke to more than 250 people for the book, including other professional golfers and Woods’ longtime chiropractor Mark Lindsay.

Guymon Casady and Evan Silverberg will executive produce the new series for Entertainment 360, with Brent Montgomery and Joe Weinstock executive producing for Spoke Studios. Benedict and Keteyian also serve as executive producers.

Barnes (left), who is repped by Artists First and Fox Rothschild LLP, also has credits on Starz’ American Gods and Hulu and Marvel’s Runaways. Earlier this year, Barnes teamed up with Levantine Films, the film/TV production company behind the Gurinder Chada-directed Blinded By The Light, to adapt Killadelphia: Sins of the Father, the graphic novel that he wrote with Jason Shawn Alexander.

Eric Wattenberg, Wheelhouse Group Chief Creative Officer and President of Wheelhouse Entertainment, said, “The dream team of Entertainment 360 and writer Rodney Barnes combined with the powerful source material of the Tiger Woods biography, give this project the key elements to tackle the inspirational and complex life and career of one of the biggest names in the history of sports.”

TIGER WOODS LIMITED SERIES FROM WHEELHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT FINDS STUDIO PARTNER IN ENTERTAINMENT 360

Screenwriter Rodney Barnes Hired to Adapt the Script, Based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s #1 New York Times Best Selling Biography “Tiger Woods”

LOS ANGELES – (June 29, 2020) – Entertainment 360, the television studio joint venture between Management 360 and Media Rights Capital (MRC), has teamed with Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios to develop a limited series based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s “Tiger Woods,” the #1 New York Times Best-Selling biography of the sports icon, published in 2018. Veteran screenwriter and producer Rodney Barnes (HBO’s Untitled Lakers Project; Wu-Tang: An American Saga; American Gods) has been tapped to pen the script.

The series is a product of Wheelhouse Entertainment’s partnership with Benedict, forged in 2019 to develop TV and film projects based on the author’s broad bench of books and other IP – including the “Tiger Woods” biography, which Benedict and Keteyian share.

Guymon Casady and Evan Silverberg will executive produce the new series for Entertainment 360, with Brent Montgomery and Joe Weinstock executive producing for Spoke Studios. Benedict and Keteyian also serve as executive producers.

Barnes recent credits include HBO’s upcoming Untitled Lakers Project (executive produced by Adam McKay); Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga; Starz’ American Gods; and Hulu and Marvel’s Runaways. He is repped by Artists First and Fox Rothschild LLP.

Said Wheelhouse Group Chief Creative Officer and President of Wheelhouse Entertainment Eric Wattenberg, “The dream team of Entertainment 360 and writer Rodney Barnes combined with the powerful source material of the ‘Tiger Woods’ biography, give this project the key elements to tackle the inspirational and complex life and career of one of the biggest names in the history of sports.”

About Spoke Studios
Spoke Studios is a full-service creative content company that creates top-quality programming across a variety of platforms and genres – with extraordinary worlds, dynamic characters and human ingenuity as the hallmarks of its brand. Current projects for Spoke Studios include Becoming for Disney+ and feature film Compton Cowboys for Fox Searchlight, among many other shows and projects in development. Operating out of New York and Los Angeles, Spoke Studios is the content arm of producer and entrepreneur Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

About Entertainment 360
Entertainment 360, the joint venture between MRC and Management 360, is an artist-centric, fully financed studio that produces content for TV and digital platforms, and whose credits include HBO’s multiple Emmy Award winning hit series “Game Of Thrones” and AMC’s “The Terror.” Upcoming series include “Ripley” created by Steve Zaillian and development projects from Steve Kloves and Craig Gillespie.

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