Mike Myers — the actor, writer, producer and creator behind such iconic characters as Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and Shrek — has signed an overall deal with HBO. The two-year deal includes TV exclusivity.
Myers most recently made his directorial debut with documentary Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, which chronicles the life of talent manager Shep Gordon. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June by RADiUS-TWC in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.
Born and raised in Toronto, Myers began his professional career with Chicago’s Second City troupe. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels’ discovery of Myers at Second City led to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the NBC late-night show in 1989. Myers successfully brought his popular SNL character Wayne Campbell to the big screen in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, both of which he also wrote. He stayed on SNL until 1995, creating such other popular characters as Coffee Talk host Linda Richman and uber-proud Scotsman Stuart Rankin.
Myers also created, wrote, produced and starred in the huge hit Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, which spawned two sequels. He also voiced the title role of Shrek for the DreamWorks animated franchise. So I Married An Axe Murderer, Myers’ first film following his tenure at SNL, is a cult classic.
“Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era,” said Lombardo. “The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting.” “I’m thrilled to be at HBO,” commented Myers.