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Hamilton fever continues.
Universal Television on Monday announced that it has signed the musical’s producer Jeffrey Seller and his producing partner Flody Suarez to a production deal.
Under the pact, the duo will produce new projects for the studio. The deal extends their working relationship with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is an investor in Hamilton, which has been selling out months in advance and is nominated for 16 Tony Awards.
“I’m so pleased to have Universal Television in business with one of the theater’s leading producers, Jeffrey Seller, and his producing partner, Flody Suarez,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights and Hamilton, is nothing short of remarkable. There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to see where he and Flody’s instincts and talent relationships will go in the world of television.”
The pact brings Suarez back to NBC, where he previously worked on network shows ER and Just Shoot Me as vp development at the network. He more recently served as a consultant on The Blacklist and currently consults on TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
“I’ve been obsessed with storytelling since the fourth grade,” said Seller. “Having now spent over 30 years telling stories on stage, I’m excited by the opportunity Bob has given me (and Flody) to stretch my muscles and apply my craft to television. I couldn’t be happier to be with NBCUniversal.”
Added Suarez: “I started my TV career at NBC and am thrilled to be back working with old friends at my first home.”
The move reinforces NBC and Universal’s commitment to event programming. The studio has produced live musicals for the network three years in a row, starting with The Sound of Music Live! and more recently The Wiz Live! Next up is Hairspray Live!, which will film in Los Angeles for the first time, and a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men due in 2017.
The move also comes after NBC was one of two networks to open its upfront presentation with a send-up of the widely popular musical. In addition to Jimmy Fallon’s take on the production, James Corden also performed a spoof on Hamilton at CBS’ presentation.
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