Lena Waithe Inks First-Look Deal With Showtime


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Lena Waithe made history as first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Netflix’s “Master of None” and her reign ain’t letting up no time soon!

I am super excited to tell you Lena, who blessed us with “The Chi,” has inked a first look deal with Showtime to write and produce more original content for the network including comedy and drama projects.

Via Deadline:

“We fell in love with Lena’s voice when we ordered her pilot for The Chi three years ago, and we have watched in awe at her powerful impact on our industry and our culture,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks. “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.”

“I have been a fan of Showtime for as long as I can remember,” said Waithe. “They make shows that most networks wouldn’t touch and they’ve never been afraid of taking risks. I look forward to introducing my Showtime family to fresh and exciting new voices. I want to make content that will challenge audiences and take them places they never thought TV could go. It’s going to be a fun ride.”



Congratulations to Lena! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

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