11:15am PT by Rick Porter
Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph Sign First-Look TV Deal With Amazon
Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne are headed to Amazon.
The pair, via their Animal Pictures production banner, have signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios to create and develop series projects for the retail giant's Prime Video service.
"Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women," Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said Monday in a statement.
Rudolph is no stranger to Amazon, having starred on and executive produced the limited series Forever for Amazon that premiered in September.
"I've had an incredible experience working with the team at Amazon Studios on Forever, where they have given us true creative freedom," said Rudolph. "I'm excited to extend this relationship and to have the opportunity for Natasha and myself to continue to develop new shows for a global audience."
Added Lyonne: "I am thrilled to extend the creative partnership I have with my lifelong and brilliant friend Maya, under our new shingle. Amazon Studios has galvanized Animal Pictures, and we can't wait to bring to life our ideas and support emerging and original voices."
Lyonne has been associated with Netflix for several years, with an Emmy-nominated role on Orange Is the New Black and an upcoming comedy series she co-created with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. The latter project, known informally as Russian Doll, finished filming earlier this year, but doesn't yet have a release date. Orange Is the New Black will air its final season in 2019.
Lyonne is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, WME and Schreck Rose. Rudolph is with WME, 3 Arts and Hirsch Wallerstein.