Transgender dramedy creator Jill Soloway signs overall deal to develop TV projects for studio
“Transparent,” about a transgender parent coming out to her family, won a 2015 Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series, and star Jeffrey Tambor (pictured above) won a Globe for lead actor. Amazon is now pushing the half-hour show for Primetime Emmy consideration.
Under Soloway’s new deal with Amazon Studios, she will exclusively develop television projects for Amazon Prime. Soloway will continue in her role as “Transparent” showrunner and Andrea Sperling, previously co-executive producer on the series, has been elevated to exec producer.
“Jill is truly a creative force and I’m thrilled that we will be collaborating with her additional projects in the future and on a third season of Transparent,” saidAmazon Studios VP Roy Price. “The second season is currently starting production, and I know our customers will be delighted to continue the journey with Maura and the Pfefferman family.”
Last October Amazon renewed “Transparent” for a second season, shortly after the series debuted. Amazon has not announced a premiere date for season two. A studio rep said the third season would most likely be 10 episodes, as with the first two runs.
“I am so thrilled that I get to share more of the Pfeffermans’ story with the world,” Soloway said in a statement. “We are all so in love with watching them change and grow. I am blown away by the creative freedom Amazon gives me and I can’t wait to reveal where this journey is going to take us.”
At an event earlier this month, Soloway said the story of Caitlyn Jenner’s recent coming out as transgender would be part of season 2, whether or not she actually appears in the show. Soloway’s own parent came out as transgender a few years ago, which was the inspiration for the series.
“Transparent,” written, directed and executive produced by Soloway, stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — patriarch of the Pfefferman family in L.A. When she reveals the news to her family, the rest of their secrets finally start to come out.
Season three returning cast is set to include Tambor, Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”) as Ali Pfefferman, Amy Landecker (“Louie”) as Sarah Pfefferman and Jay Duplass (“Togetherness”) as Josh Pfefferman.