The producing pact furthers the duo’s association with NBC and Universal Television chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is one of “Hamilton’s” investors. Suarez previously served as VP of development at NBC, where he worked on shows including “ER” and “Just Shoot Me.”
“I’m so pleased to have Universal Television in business with one of the theater’s leading producers, Jeffrey Seller, and his producing partner, Flody Suarez,” said Greenblatt. “Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind ‘Rent,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Hamilton,’ is nothing short of remarkable. There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to see where he and Flody’s instincts and talent relationships will go in the world of television.”
“I’ve been obsessed with storytelling since the fourth grade,” said Seller. “Having now spent over 30 years telling stories on stage, I’m excited by the opportunity Bob has given me (and Flody) to stretch my muscles and apply my craft to television. I couldn’t be happier to be with NBCUniversal.”
“I started my TV career at NBC and am thrilled to be back working with old friends at my first home,” added Suarez.
In addition to Broadway hit “Hamilton,” Seller has also produced “Rent,” “Avenue Q” and “In the Heights,” as well as revivals of “La Boheme” and “West Side Story.” Suarez is currently a consultant on TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and recently consulted for Sony on NBC’s drama “The Blacklist.” He has produced several TV shows, including “8 Simple Rules,” “The Tick” and “The Book of Daniel.”
NBC has been bullish in adapting Broadway productions for broadcast, beginning with 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live,” followed by adaptations of “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” In December, the network will air “Hairspray Live!” and next year will adapt Aaron Sorkin’s play, “A Few Good Men” for a live telecast.