6:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Jessica Jones' Creator to Exit for 8-Figure Warner Bros. TV Deal (Exclusive)
Melissa Rosenberg is on the move.
In a competitive situation, the Jessica Jones creator and showrunner will depart the Netflix Marvel drama after season three and move to Warner Bros. Television with an overall deal. Sources say the indie studio outbid Netflix for Rosenberg's services in a deal that ultimately is worth in the eight-figure range. Ultimately, Rosenberg was ready to do something different and was ready to move on to new projects though Netflix is said to have courted her to stay.
Under the multiple-year pact, Rosenberg will create and develop new projects for Warner Bros. TV. She is currently focused finishing up the previously announced third season of Netflix's Marvel drama Jessica Jones. A return date for the Krysten Ritter-led Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios has not yet been determined. A new showrunner would take over for Rosenberg should Netflix renew Jessica Jones for a fourth season. Rosenberg will remain credited as the show's creator and executive producer.
"All of my attention remains with the extraordinary cast, writers and production team of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, until the completion of season three," Rosenberg said. "It continues to be a career highlight working with my partners at Marvel Television and Netflix. We’re extraordinarily grateful to the viewers who have supported us every step of the way on Jessica’s journey, which is so beautifully realized by Krysten Ritter and the amazing cast including Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville and Carrie-Anne Moss. We have so many talented storytellers in every area of this show, who I’m honored to call friends and collaborators. As I look ahead after this season, I’m thrilled that I will be able to explore new projects with the talented team at Warner Bros. Television and push myself in new challenging creative directions.”
Rosenberg led Jessica Jones to critical acclaim and a prestigious Peabody Award. Her small-screen credits include Dexter, Ally McBeal, The O.C., Party of Five, Boston Public and more. On the film side, she penned the screenplays for all five films in the Twilight franchise as well as the first Step Up. She launched her production company, Tall Girls Productions, in 2011. The shingle develops and produces film and TV series with a focus on complex roles for women both in front of and behind the camera. Rosenberg is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
Rosenberg's deal marks a key win for traditional studios, which have seen a number of top showrunners (Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris) exit for lucrative Netflix pacts.