“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has set up a new series project at Amazon and the Weinstein Co. The deal marks his first TV effort since the Emmy-winning “Mad Men” ended its seven-season run on AMC last year.
Amazon has given the show an eight-episode order, going straight to series. Details on the project are sketchy but it is described as a contemporary anthology series set in multiple locations around the world. News of the deal was first reported by Deadline.
Weiner will create and exec produce the untitled series. He’ll also serve as a director.
“In a time when there are so many options for entertainment, it’s been tremendous to see how Roy Price and Amazon have taken center stage by distinguishing themselves through bold choices,” Weiner said. “I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with risk takers like them and Harvey (Weinstein) and the Weinstein Company who have a proven, longstanding commitment to creative voices and innovation.”
There’s keen interest in the industry about Weiner’s follow-up to “Mad Men” given the show’s legacy in helping to spark the current explosion of original content across the dial. Since the series wrapped in May 2015, Weiner has mostly kept a low profile in TV. He sold a novel to Little, Brown, “Heather, the Totality,” that is set for release next year. And he directed an episode of the most recent season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Matthew Weiner on his new project,” said Harvey Weinstein. “He is an incredible storyteller whose work on ‘Mad Men’ elevated television and kick started a new era of innovative programming with compelling and addicting television content. We’re looking forward to creating the next big series with him.”
Deal was brokered for Weiner by CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman of Hansen Jacobson.