Deadline reports that Natasha Rothwell has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature. Rothwell is a co-star and producer of the comedy-drama, Insecure. Under the pact— which is in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative led by Tara Duncan— the writer, actor, producer, and director will develop new television projects through Big Hattie Productions.
According Hattie Productions’ Instagram page, the movie/television studio is “dedicated to telling subversive stories through an intersectional lens with a focus on underrepresented communities.’ Deadline said that financial details about the deal were not revealed, but talks say the three-year agreement is in the eight-figure range.
“Natasha is the real deal triple threat. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years and have loved watching her career blossom in front of and behind the camera,” Duncan told Deadline “It’s an honor to provide a platform for one of the best comedic talents in the business.”
Rothwell has been a cast member and producer on Insecure, Issa Rae’s Peabody Award-winning HBO series, for the last five years. She’s also set to star in HBO’s The White Lotus.
Rothwell seems to be embracing her journey to tell that stories that resonate with her. Rothwell told Deadline that she wanted to find a studio partner who would honor her vision and storyteller voice, but one that would also broaden the limited scope with which BIPOCs have traditionally been viewed.
“That’s why I’m so thrilled to be partnering with ABC Signature, and to have the opportunity to tell thoughtful, nuanced stories that center marginalized voices—stories that dare to subvert expectations all under the banner of Big Hattie Productions,” Rothwell said.
Power 98 added that Rothwell has also written for Saturday Night Live. She can also be seen in recent movies Sonic The Hedgehog and Wonder Woman 1984.