“A Teacher” creator, writer, director and executive producer Hannah Fidell has signed a first-look deal with FX Productions. Fidell made her feature directorial debut with the independent drama “A Teacher,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, before adapting it into a limited series for FX on Hulu.
“Working with Hannah on ‘A Teacher’ has been incredibly rewarding, creatively and personally, and it’s only the latest example of her ability to excel as a storyteller and producer,” Gina Balian, president of original programming at FX, said in a statement. “Under this new agreement, we are now able to directly support Hannah’s vision for new series that will draw on her considerable skills and artistry.”
FX Networks ordered “A Teacher” in 2019 as a 10-part show starring Kate Mara and Nick Robinson. It was the number one series on Hulu for five of its eight-week run and, per the company, has since gone on to become the most-watched FX on Hulu show. Mara, Michael Costigan and Jason Bateman also executive produced “A Teacher.” The series, which centers on an illicit sexual relationship between a high school teacher and a student, received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for new scripted series.
“It is a true joy to find partners who care as deeply about the creative as FX does,” Fidell added. “With ‘A Teacher,’ I was able to make the show that I wanted to make … a dream for any filmmaker. Not only are they unafraid to tackle complicated and difficult subject matter or deeply flawed characters, but they leap at the chance. Did I mention that they’re smart as hell? I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working together.”
Fidell’s film credits include the romantic drama “6 Years,” which premiered in the U.S. at South by Southwest in 2015 and had its European debut at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival that same year. The movie was later released by Netflix. “The Long Dumb Road,” Fidell’s road-trip comedy starring Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas, was released by Universal Pictures in 2018. Her other TV credits include directing episodes of Hulu’s “The Act” starring Joey King and Patricia Arquette, and helming episodes of Facebook’s “Sorry for You Loss” with Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran. Fidell is also directing an episode of Hulu’s highly anticipated “Pam & Tommy” series, and has helmed episodes of Hulu’s dramedy “Casual.” She is repped by Grandview, UTA, ID and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.