Sharon Horgan signs Amazon deal | Net giant has two-year exclusive on her work

Sharon Horgan signs Amazon deal

Net giant has two-year exclusive on her work

Sharon Horgan has signed an exclusive two-year deal with Amazon.

The contract means that the studio has first refusal on any programme ideas she's attached to via her production company Merman.

It also means  Amazon has rights to remake Merman shows – which include Catastrophe, Motherland and The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret

Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios said: '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.

'Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.'

In a joint statement, Horgan and her Merman business partner Clelia 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.'

Last week it was revealed that Horgan sold a new comedy-horror series entitled Shining Vale to premium US cable network Showtime.

The series is about a dysfunctional family who move to a small-town house that's possessed by an evil spirit – but no one seems to notice except for the mother.

The show is described as being about 'mental illness, small-town politics, religion and a family battling their demons'. Showtime has committed to a pilot episode.

Merman's other recent projects include Bliss for Sky Atlantic starring Heather Graham and Stephen Mangan and the one-off special The Circuit for Channel 4.

Published: 16 Jan 2018

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