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Mindy Kaling Inks Multi-Year Deal with Universal TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Mindy Kaling is staying in business with Universal Television, which producers her show “The Mindy Project.”

The writer, exec producer and star has inked a multi-year deal with Universal TV for acting, producing and writing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Kaling’s comedy “The Mindy Project” is currently in the midst of its 26-episode fourth season at Hulu where it landed, after being cancelled by Fox, it’s home for three seasons. “Mindy Project” has been renewed for a fifth season, which will reportedly consist of 16 episodes.

Signing onto a new multi-year deal will keep Kaling in the NBCUniversal fold for time beyond a fifth season of “Mindy Project,” meaning the studio has the multi-hyphenate for more seasons of the streaming series or for developing new projects.

The deal marks the first big move for Universal TV’s new president Pearlena Igbokwe, who has taken the place of former prez Bela Bejaria with whom Kaling has a close relationship.

“I’m so pleased that the first new deal to be closed after settling into Universal Television is with Mindy Kaling,” said Igbokwe. “She’s incredibly funny and smart, and she has her pulse on what it takes to produce, write and star in television that is relevant and insightful. I’m eagerly looking forward to terrific things ahead from Mindy in both half-hour and one-hour television.”

NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke added, “Mindy has truly made her mark in the creative community as a prolific storyteller, role-model to many, and a wildly funny artist who is clearly in the zeitgeist of American pop culture. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with her at Universal Television for many years to come.”

The Emmy-nominated Kaling is a WGA and SAG award winner. Before creating “Mindy Project,” she starred on NBC’s “The Office,” and also served as a writer, penning 23 episodes, and rose the ranks as a producing, ultimately becoming exec producer on the workplace comedy.

Kaling is repped by CAA and 3 Arts.

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