Margot Robbie And Amazon Sign First-Look TV Deal
Margot Robbie is making moves to further strengthen her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. This time, Robbie and her company are inking a deal with Amazon to come up with television projects.
Variety reports that Amazon Studios will be working together with Robbie and her partners in LuckyChap Entertainment -- Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley, and Brett Hedblom. The deal is a first-look one, with Amazon Studios getting exclusive premieres of television projects developed by Lucky Chap.
In a statement, LuckyChap’s McNamara, Ackerley, and Robbie expressed their excitement at the partnership, describing Amazon as a “cultural partner” that is as passionate as them when it comes to storytelling. The trio also applauded Amazon’s global reach.
Meanwhile, The Wrap quotes Amazon Studios COO and co-head of television Albert Cheng as being excited to work with Robbie, McNamara, Hedblom, and Ackerley, saying that the team produces shows that have vision and focus.
Cheng also applauded the company for coming up with content that is engaging, original, and smart. He also noted that LuckyChap Entertainment has been able to accomplish this across many genres, over many years, and with female characters as the center of the story.
Just some of the work that LuckyChap Entertainment has produced include I, Tonya, which had Robbie playing the role of Tonya Harding. The company also currently directs the series Dollface for Hulu.
Upcoming projects include the show Maid for Netflix, a live-action adaptation of Barbie in association with Warner Bros. and Mattel, as well as Promising Young Woman.
Robbie is only the latest celebrity to ink a first-look deal with a huge company. Five months ago, in July, athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick signed a first-look deal with Disney. In the agreement, Disney will be working alongside Kaepernick’s Ra Vision Media production company.
As part of the deal, ESPN Films will be producing a documentary series charting how Kaepernick became a prominent civil rights activist from being a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Aside from Kaepernick himself, the team involved in the documentary series includes journalist Jemele Hill as a producer. Acting as executive producers are ESPN executives Libby Geist, Kevin Merida, and Connor Schell.
Other companies under the Disney umbrella will also get first looks at any projects developed by Ra Vision Media. These companies include Walt Disney Television, Pixar, ESPN, The Undefeated, and Hulu.
On the radio side, comedian Kevin Hart signed a multi-platform deal with Sirius XM that allows him to produce new live and regular programs for the network. It will also see Hart getting involved with podcasts and on-demand video as well.