Lena Waithe Signs Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

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Lena Waithe continues to stay booked and busy.

The Emmy-winning creator has secured the bag yet again, signing an overall deal with Amazon Studios, which is already set to air her upcoming horror anthology, Them. The deal is reportedly for two years and in the eight-figure range, Deadline reports.


From Deadline:

Under the agreement, Waithe, will executive produce Them and work with Amazon Studios to create and exec produce new original series to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. She will develop shows through Waithe Hillman Grad, the company she founded with her creative partner Rishi Rajani.

“Lena is a powerhouse writer and producer who also has a gift for identifying exciting and authentic voices,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Our upcoming series Them is the result of her rare ability to cultivate brilliant voices like Little Marvin and bring his wholly original and compelling vision to Amazon. We look forward to collaborating with Lena and her team for years to come.”

Did we mention that she stays booked and busy?

Again from Deadline:

Hillman Grad’s TV slate include the upcoming BET comedy series Twenties, which Waithe created, wrote and executive produces; Showtime drama series The Chi —recently renewed for a third season — which Waithe created and executive produces; and BET’s Boomerang, renewed for a second season, which Waithe co-created and exec produces.

Additionally, the company has Showtime pilot How to Make Love to a Black Woman and the Untitled Kid Fury Project in development at HBO.

Waithe—who made history in 2017 by becoming for the first black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy series writing for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None—is also set to make her feature-film writing debut with Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas, and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, Deadline notes.

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