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Soo Hugh, the showrunner of Apple’s forthcoming series Pachinko, is setting up shop at UCP.
Hugh, who was co-showrunner of the first season of The Terror at AMC, has signed a multi-year overall deal at the Universal Studio Group unit to develop, write and produce projects. She’ll also launch an incubator program — similar to one that Vida creator Tanya Saracho is overseeing at UCP — to help new Asian writers create shows and establish careers in the TV business.
“From The Terror to Pachinko, Soo has captured epic stories with intimate, complex characters. She’s the rare talent who has the ability to write across time and place, while always making a show feel modern and unexpected,” said UCP president Beatrice Springborn. “We are thrilled to partner with her to bring that vision and versatility to UCP.”
Said Hugh, “I’m over the moon to be joining Beatrice and the UCP family. They are that rare breed of excellence and class, and their track record in creating bold, quality programming in recent years is unparalleled. I’m also thrilled to be piloting the incubator program with them. We have enormous ambitions for this and I hope to offer deserving voices the same opportunities I have been given over the years. It is a privilege.”
Hugh is currently showrunner and executive producer of Pachinko, an adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel about several generations of a Korean immigrant family. Her credits also include Apple’s See, ABC’s The Whispers and CBS’ Under the Dome. She is repped by WME, Management 360 and Jeffrey Frankel at Mckuin Frankel.
In addition to Hugh and Saracho, UCP also has overall deals with Sam Esmail, Seth MacFarlane and Sera Gamble (You).
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