Sonar Entertainment Enters Into First-Look TV Deal with Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions
LOS ANGELES - February 22, 2017 - Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Jordan Peele's production company Monkeypaw Productions. The new agreement encompasses all content for television, including digital. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Jordan Peele.
"Jordan Peele is one of the brightest stars in our business - a true hyphenate - actor, writer, producer and director. We are excited to partner with him and Monkeypaw," said Lesinski. "This collaboration aligns perfectly with Sonar's vision for developing, producing and distributing premium programming with the highest profile talent for a broad, global audience."
"I am thrilled to partner with the incredible folks at Sonar Entertainment as they are committed to truly elevated quality content. Especially now as I move into this next chapter in television, my aim is to help develop untapped voices as well as my own dream shows, and continue to push the boundaries of television," said Jordan Peele.
Monkeypaw Productions was founded by Peele in 2012. In TV, Monkeypaw produced the Emmy(R) award winning Key & Peele on Comedy Central for its five-season run, and next up will be the Tracy Morgan comedy series at TBS, set for production later this year.
The partnership with Monkeypaw Productions is the latest in a series of first-look deals announced by Sonar. Other Sonar overall producer deals include George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures, and Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey's Team Downey.
Peele and Monkeypaw Productions are represented by CAA, Principato-Young and Jared Levine.
About Sonar Entertainment
Sonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium content for global audiences. We offer a unique platform for creative talent with the support of a full-service studio and global distribution company. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and expansive productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry.
Current Sonar series on-air, in production or slated to commence production include Season Two of internationally successful The Shannara Chronicles, for MTV; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; and Das Boot, an eight-part series based on the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. In addition, Sonar Entertainment distributes over 1,000 titles comprised of award-winning programs from RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios.
ABOUT MONKEYPAW PRODUCTIONS
Monkeypaw Productions was founded by Jordan Peele in 2012. Monkeypaw's aim is to tell stories in comedy, horror and all the genres in the between, and to give platforms to untapped voices in those mediums. Previously in TV, Monkeypaw produced the Emmy(R) award winning Key & Peele on Comedy Central, and upcoming has the Tracy Morgan Comedy series at TBS. In features, Monkeypaw previously released KEANU, and next up will release Peele's directorial debut, GET OUT, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Alison Williams.
ABOUT JORDAN PEELE
Emmy(R) winner Jordan Peele was the co-star and co-creator of Comedy Central's KEY & PEELE. The hit series garnered over 1 billion online hits, and in addition won a Peabody Award, an American Comedy Award, and earned 12 Emmy nominations during it's five season run. Peele also recurred on the Emmy(R)-winning FX series FARGO and was a series regular on FOX's MADtv and received an Emmy(R)-nomination for his music video Sad Fitty Cent.
On the features side, Peele will next release the highly anticipated film GET OUT through Universal and Blumhouse on February 24. In addition to writing, the social thriller marks his directorial debut, and stars Daniel Kaluuya, and Alison Williams. Previously, Peele starred in the New Line feature KEANU alongside Keegan-Michael Key, which Peele also produced and co-wrote with KEY & PEELE writer Alex Rubens.