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Tina Fey and her production banner Little Stranger have inked a two-year, first-look deal with Universal.
The actress-writer-producer was most recently seen starring in Universal’s comedy Sisters opposite Amy Poehler. The film has earned more than $100 million at the worldwide box office to date.
Fey also has hired Eric Gurian, whom she worked with for 11 years on both Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, as executive vp of Little Stranger. Gurian co-produced Sisters and is currently serving as a co-executive producer on Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
“With her trademark wit, unparalleled voice and business acumen, Tina has found success on nearly every platform — both in front of and behind the camera. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with her team and develop projects that entertain global audiences,” Universal chairman Donna Langley said in a statement. “She is a comedic icon whose fearless commitment to her craft has made her one of the entertainment industry’s most in-demand talents. We could not be more fortunate now that we are able to call Universal her home.”
Little Stranger’s upcoming projects include Do Nothing Bitches, which will star Fey and UFC champion Ronda Rousey; and a film based on the Good Housekeeping article You Bet! by Ruth Palmer, which follows three women who, when struggling financially, learn to count cards in Atlantic City. Fey is attached to star, and Sarah Heyward (HBO’s Girls) recently signed on to write the script.
“Universal has proven to be such a great home for comedy,” said Fey. “I’m very excited to continue collaborating with, and learning from, Donna Langley, [Universal Pictures president of production] Peter Cramer and the entire production team.”
Fey’s other upcoming projects include Paramount’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which she stars in and produced. It opens in March. She was repped in the deal by WME, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.
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