It’s been quite a day for “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. Hours before his first series premiere, “Mr. Robot” was given an early second season renewal and now, Universal Cable Productions has announced Esmail’s overall deal.
Under the seven-figure pact, which marks Esmail’s first-ever television deal, the writer/producer will develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks — which houses USA Network, home to his “Mr. Robot” — plus external and over-the-top channels.
“Sam is a visionary and, although he might not use the term himself, a real mensch,” announced Jeff Wachtel, CCO of NBCUniversal cable entertainment and president of Universal Cable Productions on Wednesday. “Everything about the process on ‘Mr. Robot’ has been a dream. We look forward to creating other wonderful shows with him.”
“Mr. Robot,” starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, made its mark winning the audience award at this year’s SXSW festival in March. It also screened at Tribeca Film Festival in April and the first-ever SeriesFest in Denver, Co., earlier this month. Esmail serves as writer and exec producer on the UCP drama, along side exec producers Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content.
Esmail joins UCP’s growing lineup of producing talent including “The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Wes Craven, Doug Liman’s Hypnotic, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films and Chris Bender, JC Spink and Jake Weiner’s Benderspink.