13 NOV 2020

WARNER BROS. SIGNS OVERALL DEAL WITH CORD JEFFERSON

The TV writer and producer is set to create innovative character dramas and comedies for original programming, which will then be produced by the studio.

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Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with acclaimed Emmy-winning writer/producer Cord Jefferson, commonly known for his role in "Watchmen." The agreement ensures the continuance of Jefferson’s relationship with WBTVG and WarnerMedia.

The agreement will allow Jefferson to create, develop and produce original programming, which will then be produced by the Studio, including drama series, comedies, long-form, and unscripted projects for all platforms. The tasks includes projects for HBO Max, HBO, and other WarnerMedia-affiliated outlets, as well as external streaming services, premium and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks. Represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham, the agreement with WBTVG marks Jefferson’s first studio overall deal. The terms have not yet been disclosed due to protocol. 

Under this pact, Jefferson plans to create innovative character dramas and comedies, as well as affecting unscripted projects. Jefferson previously  co-wrote the critically beloved “This Extraordinary Being” episode of “Watchmen." He then won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Jefferson was also nominated for the USC Scripter Award for Television and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episode. And as part of the “Watchmen” series writing team, he won the Writers Guild Award for Best New Series and was nominated for Best Drama Series.

In addition to “Watchmen,” Jefferson’s writing credits include HBO’s “Succession,” NBC’s “The Good Place” and Netflix’s “Master of None.” He won the Writers Guild Award in 2020 for Best Drama Series as part of the “Succession” writing team and was previously nominated for the Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy Series as part of the team for “The Good Place” in 2019 and “Master of None” in 2018. For his “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” episode of “The Good Place,” he won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.