Showrunner steers 'Weeds,' Netflix's 'Orange' for studio
Jenji Kohan has renewed her vows with Lionsgate TV.The “Weeds” creator/exec producer has inked a new overall deal with the banner as she’s poised to begin production on the eighth season of the Showtime comedy staple, which bows July 1. She’s also leading Lionsgate’s charge into original digital episodic content as the co-creator, with Liz Friedman, and exec producer of “Orange is the New Black,” an hourlong drama with comedic elements that has a 13-episode order from Netflix. It’s set to begin production in the fall. Lionsgate TV prexy Kevin Beggs called Kohan “a superb showrunner” and praised her “deliciously dark sense of humor and fearless approach to storytelling.” Kohan was characteristically offbeat in expressing her appreciation for Beggs, Lionsgate TV chief operating officer Sandra Stern and company topper Jon Feltheimer. Said Kohan in a statement: “Kevin is classy. Sandra is sassy. Feltheimer is an endless source of wonder. What can I say? Lionsgate is my joint, yo.” “Orange” is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, a communications exec who served a year in prison after getting wrapped up in a money-laundering scheme. Kohan is fielding a number of other TV development projects through her Lionsgate deal. She’s repped by CAA and attorney Bob Getman of Jackoway Tyerman.