Apple TV+ signs comedy star Sharon Horgan to first-look deal

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in General Discussion edited December 2019
Writer and actor Sharon Horgan has signed a deal with Apple TV+ that gives Apple first refusal on all her future works for an unspecified number of years.

Just some of Sharon Horgan's series and films, including (far left) our personal favorite,
Just some of Sharon Horgan's series and films, including (far left) our personal favorite, "Motherland." (Source: Merman Productions)


Apple TV+ has made its first European talent signing, with a deal that ties Irish comedy writer, performer and series creator Sharon Horgan to a multi-year first-look deal. Horgan has only just concluded a previous two-year agreement with Amazon that saw both her and, separately, her production company tied to a development deal.

According to Deadline, the new deal was overseen by Apple TV+'s Jay Hunt, who is now Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video. Hunt was previously with the UK's Channel 4, where in 2015 she commissioned Horgan's Emmy-nominated winning sitcom "Catastrophe." Most recently in the UK, Horgan wrote the BBC comedy "Motherland" and "Women on the Verge" for House Productions.

The Apple deal does not include Horgan's production company, Merman. That has recently and separately signed a two-year deal with Comcast and the UK's Sky Television. This is both a development deal, meaning the companies will fund the creation of new series, and a first-look one. Comcast and Sky will have the option to distribute Merman's series via NBCUniversal Global.

The distinction between the deals with Horgan and the separate deals with her company relate to how she is a writer, actor and producer.

"Writing is something that's with me all of the time," she told Deadline earlier this year. "I'm always kind of writing. That's in my DNA. But at the same time, the acting thing, if I go too without doing it, I do feel a bit crazy, it is a relief to go off and be someone else for a while and with the producing, I just find it very hard not to get excited about talented people and I want to work with them and make what they have in their heads."

The duration of her first-look deal with Apple TV+ is said to be a multi-year one and as yet no specific projects have been revealed.

However, Horgan's work will be seen shortly as Amazon has ordered an as yet untitled comedy series from her. She's currently creating an animated comedy for Fox, and has written and directed an episode of Amazon's "Modern Love" starring Tina Fey.

Horgan is also acting alongside Kristin Scott Thomas in the feature film "Military Wives," and is making her movie directing debut with "New World," for Focus Features. It's not known yet whether her Apple TV+ first-look deal will also include feature film projects.

The deal with Sharon Horgan follows Apple TV+'s similar multi-year deal with Alfonso Cuaron.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    That’s quite a catch. 
  • Reply 2 of 12
    Who?
    Carnage
  • Reply 3 of 12
    Jay Hunt is a woman so this should read “...where in 2015 SHE commissioned Horgan's Emmy-nominated winning sitcom "Catastrophe."”
    StrangeDayspscooter63fastasleepcrowley
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Catastrophe was awesome. 
  • Reply 5 of 12
    Who?
    They literally told you who. 
    lollivercrowleymacgui
  • Reply 6 of 12
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,321member
    Love her. Superb move by Apple.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,321member
    Who?
    They literally told you who. 
    Some people appear to think that ignorance is impressive.
    fastasleepmacguiurahara
  • Reply 8 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    crowley said:
    Who?
    They literally told you who. 
    Some people appear to think that ignorance is impressive.

    Times we live in, I'm afraid. Stupidity is a badge of honour. 

    Anyone else would have read the article or just looked her up.

    Nope, much cooler to show folk what you don't know and can't do.
    edited December 2019 fastasleep
  • Reply 9 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member

    Catastrophe was awesome. 
    And so was Divorce.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,071member
    I'm not familiar with the name or her work, but if I get a chance I'll look for something. Coming to AppleTV+, so I'll see something later if not sooner.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    WilliamGallagherWilliamGallagher Posts: 8member, moderator, editor
    Jay Hunt is a woman so this should read “...where in 2015 SHE commissioned Horgan's Emmy-nominated winning sitcom "Catastrophe."”
    Thanks: that was my mistake and I've fixed it. Much appreciated.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Rayz2016 said:

    Catastrophe was awesome. 
    And so was Divorce.
    We tried it, and despite one writer in common didn’t find it as compelling as Catastrophe. 
    Didn’t finish or make it to S2. 
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