Under the new multi-year deal, Esmail will produce content for linear and streaming platforms, including NBCUniversal’s recently announced streaming service.
“As a creator, nothing is more important to me than the integrity of a story and staying true to the vision I’ve created,” Esmail said. “Working with UCP has always given me the opportunity to do so, while pushing the boundaries of traditional storytelling. The studio has been my home for the past four years, and I’m thrilled to continue this supportive and trusted partnership, while having the unique opportunity to create for every possible platform across the industry.”
Esmail signed his first deal with UCP in 2015 after launching the critically-acclaimed drama “Mr. Robot” starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. The series is set to end after its upcoming fourth season. Esmail also executive produced and directed Amazon’s “Homecoming” starring Julia Roberts and Stephan James for UCP. Esmail and his production banner, Esmail Corp, are also producing the upcoming USA Network anthology “Briarpatch” from Andy Greenwald and starring Rosario Dawson, and developing projects such as “Angelyne,” a limited series starring Emmy Rossum, and “Metropolis,” based on Fritz Lang’s 1927 science fiction film.
“Sam is a visionary creator who inspires us on a daily basis,” said Dawn Olmstead, president of UCP. “He’s a risk taker, a ground-breaker and a hit maker. On top of all of this, he is a great person, and we are beyond excited to continue this collaboration.”
News of Esmail’s new deal comes as traditional studios like UCP are facing increased competition to hang on to top talent. Streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon are increasingly offering big name producers and creators incredibly lucrative deals to jump ship, like Ryan Murphy, who exited 20th Century Fox TV for a deal reportedly worth nine figures at Netflix.