×

Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky’s Is or Isn’t Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal With Sony TV

Emmy Award-winners Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky and their production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment have signed a multi-year first look deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the terms of the agreement, Is or Isn’t will develop new scripted television projects for network, cable, and streaming services.

“We are excited to be in collaboration with a studio with a proven commitment to unique and specific voices, originality and a freedom to develop a wide range of projects across all platforms,” said Bucatinsky and Kudrow. “It’s certainly how we’ve approached our projects for the nearly 15 years since we’ve been partners.”

Is or Isn’t Entertainment is a television, film and new media company, founded in 2003 by Kudrow and Bucatinsky. The company’s first series was HBO’s Emmy-nominated “The Comeback,” which premiered in 2005 and starred Kudrow. It returned nine years later for a second season, garnering another nomination for Kudrow for her role as Valerie Cherish.

In the unscripted space, Is or Isn’t partnered with the U.K.’s Wall-to-Wall Media in 2010, bringing the hit BBC docu-series “Who Do You Think You Are?” to NBC. Now in its tenth season, the Emmy Award-nominated show transitioned to TLC in 2013. In 2008, Is or Isn’t Entertainment launched the webseries “Web Therapy” on Lexus’ broadband site LStudio. The series, created by Don Roos, Bucatinsky and Kudrow, starred Kudrow as Internet therapist Dr. Fiona Wallice and Bucatinsky as Wallice’s assistant, Jerome, with the show taking place completely on a computer desktop. A half-hour version of the web series debuted on Showtime in 2011, and ran for four seasons. The show format has been re-made in Poland, Spain, French Canada, and, most recently, in the UK.

In partnership with Dan Savage and Lexus, Is or Isn’t premiered the web docuseries “It Got Better” in 2014, featuring profiles of LGBT celebrities like Laverne Cox, George Takei, Jane Lynch, Tim Gunn, Portia De Rossi, Adam Lambert, Sir Ian McKellen, Rosie O’Donnell, Janet Mock, Andrew Rannells, RuPaul, and more.

Kudrow is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Gochman. Bucatinsky is repped by CAA, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, and attorney Robert Myman.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa - The

    'Walking Dead' Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix

    Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla, Variety has confirmed with sources. The series was announced back in December and is described as a coming of age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching [...]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs for Screens: 'American Horror Story' Makes 'Suddenly Last Summer' Sizzle Again

    FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘AHS 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody “Suddenly Last Summer” plays as aerial footage of an [...]

  • Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star

    Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Multi-Camera Comedy Series for Netflix

    Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are headed to Netflix. The streamer has ordered a multi-camera comedy series starring the two comedians titled “The Upshaws.” The series centers on a working-class Africian American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it. Sykes will executive produce and [...]

  • Vader Streams Shuts Down

    Vader Streams Shut Down by Hollywood Studios

    A coalition of Hollywood studios and streaming companies announced on Tuesday that they have shut down Vader Streams, which was once a popular source of pirated TV content. The service went offline in early May under mysterious circumstances, leading to speculation that the operator had either absconded or been forced out of business. The Alliance [...]

  • Søren-Sveistrup

    Netflix Teams With 'The Killing' Creator for Crime Thriller 'The Chestnut Man'

    HAUGESUND, Norway  — Further expanding its Scandinavian footprint, Netflix has announced its second Danish original series, “The Chestnut Man,” a police thriller based on “The Killing” creator Søren Sveistrup’s popular novel. The streaming giant will team with Sveistrup’s SAM Productions, minority owned by Studiocanal, part of Vivendi Canal Plus Group, to deliver this noir-influenced literary [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    ICM Blasts Writers Guild Over Withdrawal of State Lawsuit

    ICM Partners has slammed the leaders of the Writers Guild of America over its decision to withdraw from its state court lawsuit in favor of refiling the action in federal court. The agency, which was sued in April by the guild and eight WGA members over charging allegedly illegal packaging fees, issued a statement Tuesday [...]

  • succession

    'Succession' Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

    “Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO. The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series. “We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content