'Watchmen' Writer Cord Jefferson Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Cord Jefferson
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Cord Jefferson

On the heels of his first-ever Emmy win for penning an episode of Watchmen, writer Cord Jefferson has signed a multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The pact marks the former Gawker scribe's first major overall with a studio.

The TV writer — whose credits also include such acclaimed shows as Succession, The Good Place and Master of None — will create original programming for the studio under the pact. The new projects, which will span scripted and unscripted, will be made for HBO, HBO Max and other WarnerMedia-affiliated outlets, as well as external buyers.

Jefferson plans to create thoughtful character dramas and comedies, in addition to nonfiction projects — a callback to his roots as a journalist. He was most recently an executive story editor and writer for HBO's limited series Watchmen, a Warner Bros TV production created by Damon Lindelof.

Together, he and Lindelof wrote the critically acclaimed “This Extraordinary Being” episode of HBO's limited series Watchmen, for which they took home an Emmy. Jefferson was also nominated for the USC Scripter Award for Television and the NAACP Image Award for outstanding writing in a drama series for the same episode. As part of the Watchmen writing team, he won the Writers Guild Award for best new series.

Jefferson is represented by 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.