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...
When Netflix took a chance on Kohan – and more importantly at that time, when Kohan took a chance on Netflix – the result was one of the era’s first streaming series breakthroughs, women-in-prison comedy-drama “Orange is the New Black,” which appealed both to critics and viewers. “Orange” quickly became a buzz and awards magnet and opened the doors to other series on streaming platforms.
Still, Kohan told Variety in 2015 she faces the same challenges as all showrunners. “It’s notes and it’s taste. Seeing your vision through. Fighting the good fight. Getting what you want out there,” which she said she accomplishes through force of will. “I think once you prove you can do it, there’s a level of trust that develops. It’s a luxury, certainly, and it’s a gift once you’ve gained that trust. You say, ‘I will deliver. Until I screw up, please let me do it my way.’”
Kohan’s earliest credits include “Mad About You,” “Sex and the City” and “Tracey Takes On” before she created her own series, Showtime’s “Weeds.” This year saw the fifth season of “Orange is the New Black.” She is also exec producing the first season of Netflix’s “G.L.O.W.,” based on the 1980s professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.