Writer-producer Michael Schur (The Office, The Good Place, Parks & Recreation) and former ESPN host Jemele Hill will advise Meadowlark on current projects, assist in business development and help create new projects for the company.
The additions of Hill and Schur come after Meadowlark announced its first new project: A podcast hosted by Hank Azaria’s fictional sportscaster Jim Brockmire, a character popularized on the IFC program Brockmire.
“We’re quite lucky to have such talented and accomplished people believe in the Meadowlark vision,” said Skipper in a statement. “With Jemele and Michael on board, we hope to establish an environment that provides creators with the ideal place to develop, sell and produce their career’s best work.”
Hill, of course, worked with Skipper and Le Batard at ESPN, leaving the Disney-owned sports giant in 2018 on less-than-friendly terms. Her relationship with Skipper, however, was solid.
“Skipper was one of my biggest champions while at ESPN and I have such deep, unconditional respect for Dan and greatly admire his boundless creativity,” added Hill. “At this stage in my career, I just want to be aligned with creative people who are like-minded. That doesn’t mean we always have to agree, but there is a core belief system that we share. This partnership checks every box for me.”
Schur, meanwhile, met Le Batard while writing an article about his radio show for Slate. “Three years ago, I flew to Miami to write an article about Dan, Stu, and the Shipping Container of Frightened Refugees responsible for the best sports radio show in America,” Schur said in a statement. “At the end of the experience I found myself convinced that they have built something very special – both with the issues they discuss and the way they discuss them.”