10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'2 Dope Queens' Breakout Phoebe Robinson Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal
ABC Studios has landed a dope queen.
Phoebe Robinson — the writer, stand-up comedian, actress and co-creator/co-star of beloved podcast-turned-HBO comedy 2 Dope Queens — has signed a multiple-year overall deal with ABC Studios.
Under the pact, Robinson will write and act in new projects across multiple platforms for the Disney-owned studio overseen by Patrick Moran.
"We’ve wanted to be in business with Phoebe since the very first time we heard the 2 Dope Queens podcast. Her humor, unique point of view and her incredibly fresh, authentic talent are huge assets for us; we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s joining our studio,” the ABC Studios president said.
Robinson arrives at ABC Studios on the heels of a critically praised HBO adaptation of their iTunes-topping podcast 2 Dope Queens. The podcast — a popular interview show she co-created and co-starred in alongside Jessica Williams — signed off last November with Michelle Obama as its final guest. Robinson, who in the summer will launch her first solo stand-up tour (titled Sorry Harriet Tubman), is a best-selling writer who, on her second podcast — Sooo Many White Guys — interviewed the likes of Tom Hanks, Issa Rae and Reese Witherspoon. She also was a recurring moderator on Michelle Obama's Becoming book tour. She made her feature film debut in Netflix's Ibiza and starred in Paramount's What Men Want and on TBS' Search Party. She also was a staff writer on the final season of Portlandia and was a consultant on the third season of Broad City.
"Ever since ABC Studios put a ring on it, I’ve been tastefully twerking with joy all over my neighborhood," Robinson said. "In all seriousness, I couldn’t be happier teaming with a partner who knows my worth, gets my comedic vision and is game to be a part of what I believe will be a beautiful relationship as well as a home for not only my ideas, but many future collaborations I intend on having with other dope queens and kings!"
Robinson arrives as ABC Studios network counterpart ABC — under new entertainment president Karey Burke — has placed a priority on regaining its position as TV's top performer among women. (NBC, thanks in part to This Is Us, currently has bragging rights among that demo.) ABC Studios will likely be among the main content suppliers for Disney's forthcoming streaming platform, which is set to bow in November. Disney is also the majority owner of Hulu and owns prestige basic cable network FX, giving Robinson a plethora of options under her new pact.