Lena Waithe Signs First-Look Deal With Showtime

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It was recently announced that actor Daniel Kaluuya and producer Lena Waithe will be joining forces for a new romantic drama titled ‘Queen & Slim’. By the looks of it, Waithe is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon as she has also landed a first-look deal with Showtime!

Under the deal with Showtime, the network which houses her critically acclaimed drama and one of my favorite shows, ‘The Chi’, Waithe will develop comedy and drama projects for Showtime that she will both write and produce through her company, Hillman Grad Productions.

“I have been a fan of Showtime for as long as I can remember,” she said. “They make shows that most networks wouldn’t touch and they’ve never been afraid of taking risks. I look forward to introducing my Showtime family to fresh and exciting new voices. I want to make content that will challenge audiences and take them places they never thought TV could go. It’s going to be a fun ride.”

Showtime’s President of Programming Gary Levine expressed his excitement to continue the network’s relationship with Lena Waithe and how much she’s impacted the industry and culture. “We fell in love with Lena’s voice when we ordered her pilot for The Chi three years ago, and we have watched in awe at her powerful impact on our industry and our culture,” he said. “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.”

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