He began his career in entertainment at Fox, starting in the research department before switching to development and gaining promotion to the role of SVP of drama development for the network. While there he helped develop multiple hit shows including "House," "Prison Break," "24," and "Ally McBeal."” />
Johnson's move comes less than two months after MRC tapped UCP alumna Elise Henderson to head its TV department. The veteran producer, who was formerly EVP of scripted development at Legendary Television, oversaw the development and sale of MRC's TV projects, reporting to co-CEO Modi Wiczyk and COO Scott Tenley.
MRC's president of television development Peter Johnson is departing after two years in the role, Variety has learned.
The independent film and TV studio is also home to Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Starz’s “Counterpart.” MRC's TV slate includes "Ozark," "The Outsider," which is set up at HBO, and "The Great" starring Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning at Hulu.
Prior to Legendary, where he oversaw shows such as Netflix's "Love" and USA's "Colony," Johnson was head of TV at McG’s Wonderland Sound + Vision. Johnson spent nine years with Wonderland while it was based at Warner Bros. TV, exiting in 2013 when the company left the WB fold.

Rideback, Dan Lin's production company, and MRC have announced the inaugural class of writers and mentors for their TV incubator.
Whitaker ("Blindspot"). The first class writers of will be comprised of Iden Baghdadchi ("Marvel’s Agents of Shield"), Brian Buccellato (DC Comics’ "The Flash", "Batman"), Jalysa Conway & Rebecca Murga ("Grey’s Anatomy," "The Letter"), Desta Tedros Reff ("Sorry For Your Loss"), Jovan Robinson ("The Code"), Susan Cohen & Sydnie Suskind ("How to Beat Your Sister-in-Law (at everything)"), Robert Taylor ("Spirit Riding Free"), and Tracy A.
The program kicks off May 1 and runs through the end of 2019.
Writers and Mentors (referred to as creators and producers, respectively, in the program) will work both in pairs and as a group in the writers’ room during the program.
The writers are paired with experienced showrunners and/or executive producers who act as mentors. The new TV writers residency program, which was launched in February, offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a group of writers who have each previously been staffed on series and want to create their own drama series for cable and streaming.
“We’re thrilled to have found such a dynamic group of ambitious creative voices and to have the commitment of so many accomplished writer-producers who will be their mentoring partners," said Elsie Choi, former head of development for Mad Rabbit and executive director of the Rideback TV Incubator. "Along with MRC, we’re eager to help our creators bring their ideas to life in new series that reflect their backgrounds and contribute to the cultural zeitgeist."
“Rideback and MRC are putting their faith in voices who aren’t heard from nearly enough and allowing them to flex their muscles from ideation to execution. The creators are coming to us with strong points of view and a lot of life experience. The Incubator allows them to reach out and grab it for themselves," said Berg. I love that they don’t have to wait for the industry to decide when they deserve an opportunity to tell their stories.
Bottom row, L to R: Rebecca Murga, Desta Tedros Reff, Iden Baghdadchi, Jalysa Conway, and Brian Buccellato.)” /> Whitaker. Top row, left to right: Robert Taylor, Susan Cohen, Sydnie Suskind, Jovan Robinson, and Tracy A. (Pictured above: the inaugural 2019 incubator class.
The goal of the new venture is to creatively and financially support TV writers from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and for each participant to generate a market-ready, straight-to-series project.
They will be mentored by the following showrunners/EPs: Amy Berg ("Counterpart," "Caper," "Eureka"), Jeremy Doner ("Damages," "The Killing"), the duo of Susanna Fogel ("The Spy Who Dumped Me," "Booksmart") & David Iserson ("Mad Men," "New Girl"), Doug Jung ("Big Love," "Banshee," "Star Trek Beyond"), Melissa Scrivner Love ("Fear the Walking Dead," "Person of Interest"), Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead, Damien," "The Dark Tower"), and Charles Murray ("Luke Cage," "Sons of Anarchy").
Kiri Hart, who established the Lucasfilm Story Group overseeing “Star Wars” development and now acts as a consultant for Lucasfilm, will also provide one-on-one sessions with each writer. The class of creatives will work out of Rideback Ranch, a new creative campus in LA’s Historic Filipinotown. The incubator's curriculum will focus on story and character development in a writers’ room style, beginning with the ideation stage of development.

The movie came together during the Toronto International Film Festival in the wake of director Danny Boyle exiting James Bond 25, which delayed shooting on the Bond pic and cleared Craig's schedule.
"MRC put their trust in us when they first partnered with us on this film, and Lionsgate truly champions and empowers the artist to tell the story they want to tell so we couldn't be in better hands." "We're very excited to be in production on 'Knives Out' and can't wait to bring it to the big screen with great partners like MRC and Lionsgate," Johnson and Bergman said.
Lionsgate's 2019 film slate includes "Hellboy," "John Wick: Chapter 3," the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy "Flarsky," and Roland Emmerich's World War II action adventure "Midway." The news about "Knives Out" was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” />
Lionsgate has bought distribution rights to Daniel Craig's murder mystery "Knives Out" and set a Thanksgiving release date of Nov. 27.
Johnson is also creating a new "Star Wars" trilogy for Disney. Johnson directed from his own script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman through their new, yet-to-be named company.
The "Knives Out" cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, and Christopher Plummer.
MRC financed "Knives Out," directed by Rian Johnson — best known for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Lionsgate will also distribute the pic worldwide.