Phoebe Waller-Bridge Amazon deal, scores $20 million (Details).
There is no bigger name in television right now than Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Her Hollywood status was certainly solidified at Sunday’s Primetime Emmys with two of her hit shows, Fleabag and Killing Eve, winning a total of seven awards.
Today, Amazon Studios announced it has signed a three-year overall deal with the creator, executive producer and star of Fleabag. Waller-Bridge will create and produce new television content for Amazon Studios that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. There have been no financial details revealed but the deal is said to be among the biggest for a female writer-producer-creator.
“We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Phoebe at Amazon Studios! As evident in her great success at the Emmy Awards this week, she is clever, brilliant, generous and a virtuoso on multiple fronts including writing, acting and producing,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Fleabag has been a gift to our Prime Video customers and we are excited for what comes next from this brilliant mind to dazzle and delight our global audience.”
The multi-hyphenate star is as brilliant a writer as she is an actress. Prior to the addition of Emmy-winner before her name, the English actress, playwright, writer and producer was already considered Hollywood gold with three successful shows on the top three streaming platforms: Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video), Killing Eve (Hulu) and Crashing (Netflix).
At just 34, Waller-Bridge has accomplished more than most three times her age. Fleabag, the BBC comedy-drama series she created, wrote and starred in, won six of the 11 Primetime Emmy awards it was nominated for, including Outstanding Comedy Series, with Waller-Bridge winning both Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The show also won for directing, casting and editing.
“I’m insanely excited to be continuing my relationship with Amazon. Working with the team on Fleabag was the creative partnership dreams are made of. It really feels like home. I can’t wait to get going!” said Waller-Bridge in a statement.
Though listed as the creator, writer, executive produce and star of Fleabag, this isn’t the first time she’s worn all these hats on a show. Earlier work includes her TV screenwriting debut, Crashing. The one-season six-episode comedy originally aired in 2016 on British network Channel 4 and is now streaming on Netflix. The story follows a group of twenty-somethings living together in a disused hospital as property guardians with the sole job of keeping the building safe in exchange for cheap rent. Of course, chaos ensues.
She’s had her share of ups and downs in her career. Crashing might have been considered a failure; the ratings were poor and it was canceled. It is said that everything happens for a reason and this theory proved true when her biggest hit at the time, Fleabag, soon followed on BBC Three.
Fleabag didn’t originate as a television series. It debuted as a one-woman show that Waller-Bridge wrote and first performed at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her performance earned her an Olivier Award Nomination and a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, among other accolades. This then became the critically acclaimed breakout hit comedy-drama series Fleabag on BBC Three in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios and the show became an immediate critical hit.