The Handmaid’s Tale creator, executive producer and showrunner Bruce Miller has signed a major multi-year overall development deal with Hulu and MGM Television, which co-produce the Hulu drama based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Under the pact, Miller will continue at the helm of the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning series, in addition to developing new shows.
As part of the deal, Miller will bring on a development executive and will focus on developing projects for Hulu and MGM TV that he will create and write, as well as work to identify writers to work with him in developing these projects under his banner.
“The Handmaid’s Tale series would not be the creative force it is without Bruce Miller behind it. He is truly a one-of-a-kind partner and storyteller and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with him to bring authentic, relevant and riveting stories to Hulu,” said Beatrice Springborn, VP of Content Development, Hulu.
The Handmaid’s Tale, which premiered its second season last week, has won eight Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, two Golden Globe Awards, the Peabody Award, an AFI award and multiple Guild Awards including the Producers Guild Award. It is fully expected to be renewed for a third season.
Miller had been a huge fan of Atwood’s novel since his college days, always with an eye toward adapting it for TV.
When MGM took a new stab at bringing the book to TV following an earlier incarnation at Showtime with Ilene Chaiken, Miller jumped at the opportunity to do the adaptation. After meeting with a number of writers, MGM TV and Hulu eventually took a chance on him, a journeyman TV drama writer-producer who had worked on series ranging from ER and Everwood to Eureka, Alphas and The 100.
“Bruce and I have worked together for many years and it is such a privilege for me and our team to be able to continue to work with him and Hulu,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s President, Television Production and Development. “His leadership, skill and brilliant vision for The Handmaid’s Tale has helped the series to transcend political and cultural boundaries and we can’t wait to see what’s next,”
MGM serves as the international distributor for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Miller is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum of Jackoway Tyerman.