Annapurna Television has inked a first-look deal with writer-director Michael Showalter and his new production company Semi-Formal Productions. The multiyear pact to produce, direct and write covers a current TV project in development at the company and future ones.
Showalter directed dramedy feature The Big Sick, which debuted at Sundance last year and won an Audience Award at SXSW en route to an Oscar nom for writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. He worte and directed the 2015 film Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field, which also scored an Audience Award at the Austin fest. On the TV side, he is an EP and director on the CW pilot In the Dark and recently created the TBS series Search Party and Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp and its followu-up series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
Also announced today: Jordana Mollick has joined Semi-Formal Productions as President of Development and Production. She worked with Showalter on Hello, My Name Is Doris and was a partner at Haven Entertainment, where she managed writers and directors and produced film and television.
“I’m thrilled to launch Semi-Formal Productions with Jordana,” said Showalter. “She has long been a trusted colleague who always inspires me with her incredible taste in material and passion for championing artists, and we are honored to partner with Sue Naegle and her team at Annapurna, who are defined by their reputation for nurturing diverse and talented writers and directors, and telling daring, inventive and contemporary stories.”
Showalter and Semi-Formal Productions are repped by UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Stone Genow.