Jenji Kohan re-ups with 'Weeds' producer
Also developing musical comedy project for Lionsgate"Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan has inked a new overall deal with series producer Lionsgate.
Under the two-year agreement, Kohan will continue as showrunner and executive producer of the Showtime dark comedy, which kicks off its sixth season in the summer.
Kohan also executive produces Lionsgate's Nashville-set drama pilot "Tough Trade," the first scripted pilot for fledging pay cable network Epix.
Additionally, Kohan is developing several projects for Lionsgate, including an untitled musical comedy for Showtime with "Weeds" writer Stephen Falk.
This marks Kohan's second overall deal with Lionsgate, where she has been since the 2005 launch of "Weeds."
"Having gotten to second base with Lionsgate in my former 'under-the-shirt-but-over-the-bra' deal, it's a thrill to now be in bed with them and going all the way," Kohan quipped. "Let us hope our creative offspring make us both proud and happy for years to come. And when I say 'come,' don't read into it. It's a business deal. Get your minds out of the gutter."
Kevin Beggs, president of television programming and production at Lionsgate, was more formal.
"Jenji is brilliantly talented, funny and fearless and a highly valued member of the Lionsgate TV family," he said.
An Emmy winner for "Tracey Takes On ...," Kohan has earned a best series Emmy nomination for "Weeds," which stars Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing suburban mom.
Kohan is repped by CAA and attorney Bob Getman.