Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive two-year overall deal with writer and creator Sharon Horgan and has also signed a first-look deal with Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s indie Merman.
Amazon Studios will get first-look rights to Merman concepts to which Horgan is attached and remake rights to Merman-produced television series.
Amazon Studios is already co producer on Channel 4/Amazon series Catastrophe.
“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”
Horgan and Mountford said, “Amazon is at the forefront of groundbreaking television and Merman is delighted to be part of their remit to create unique content. The team at Amazon have supported us since the inception of Catastrophe and we are thrilled to be working together. Also all the free books and stuff is great.”
In 2017, Merman opened offices in LA and NYC, alongside a branded entertainment division, headed by Academy- and Emmy-nominated producer Kira Carstensen and advertising veteran Jeremy Rainbird.