7:05pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Mr. Robot' Creator Sam Esmail Signs Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions
The good news keeps coming for Sam Esmail.
The creator behind Mr. Robot, which earned an early second season renewal from USA Network on Wednesday, has inked a seven-figure overall deal with Universal Cable Productions.
As part of the pact, he continue to serve as executive producer of Mr. Robot as well as develop and produce scripted programming with UCP for NBCUniversal networks as well as for external and over-the-top channels.
The deal is Esmail's first, as Mr. Robot also marks his first TV series. The drama won the coveted audience award at the SXSW Festival in March and was also an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“Sam is a visionary and, although he might not use the term himself, a real mensch," said Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Everything about the process on Mr. Robot has been a dream. We look forward to creating other wonderful shows with him."
Esmailexecutive produces Mr. Robot alongside Anonymous Content's Steve Golin (True Detective), Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding) and Niels Arden Oplev (Under the Dome).
Esmail, whose other credits include Comet, is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content.
Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on USA.