10:44am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Sets TV Return With Amazon Anthology
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is returning to the small screen.
In a competitive situation with six outlets bidding, Amazon has handed out an eight-episode straight-to-series order, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series, which is said to have scored a $70 million commitment, will be co-financed by Amazon and The Weinstein Co.
Little is known about the concept of the series, though it is said to be a contemporary anthology that is set in multiple locations across the globe. Weiner created the project and will write and executive produce as well as direct half the episodes.
The Amazon series marks Weiner's return to television following the seven-season run of AMC's critical darling Mad Men. Since the May 2015 finale, Weiner — who scored four straight outstanding drama Emmy wins — has focused on development and directing (he helmed an episode of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black).
His move to The Weinstein Co. comes after a prolonged stint at Lionsgate TV, which produced Mad Men. Asked following the Mad Men finale if he was interested in returning to TV in the future, Weiner implied he wasn't a big fan of the all-at-once binge model. "I would try to convince them to let me roll them out, so at least there was just some shared experience. I love the waiting — I love the marination," he said when asked if he would consider streaming giant and Amazon competitor Netflix for his next project.
The Weiner project marks The Weinstein Co.'s latest high-profile scripted news of the day. Earlier Wednesday, TWC set up Waco, a six-part miniseries about the Branch Davidian cult that landed at Spike TV with multiple bidders.
For Amazon, the series arrives as the streaming outlet and online retailer continues to eye big names for its originals. Most recently, Amazon teamed with Woody Allen and David E. Kelley for new shows.