With two series on HBO, Jay and Mark Duplass have entered a two-year overall deal with the premium cable network. Under the pact, the Duplass brothers, creators/executive producers of Togetherness and executive producers of the upcoming animated series Animals, will develop and produce series projects for HBO under Duplass Brothers Television, the TV production offshoot of Duplass Brothers Prods. Stephanie Langhoff, the President of Duplass Brothers Productions, will also take the lead at Duplass Brothers Television.
Togetherness, which debuted on HBO in January 2015, follows two couples (Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis and Amanda Peet) living under the same roof, trying to keep their relationships alive, while pursuing their individual dreams. The series is set to return for a second season in 2016.
Also slated for debut on HBO is the Duplass Brothers-produced Animals, created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. The network recently gave a two-season pickup to the project, licensing the already produced first season and ordering a second season.
“The proven talent and innate creativity of the Duplass brothers are, for us, pure gold,” says HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo. “We are thrilled to have this exclusive opportunity to share their comic genius with the HBO audience.”
Added Jay and Mark Duplass, “We really share a vision for the new ways TV can be made and have found the perfect partner to do that with, in HBO, especially with the broadening scope of their new HBO NOW service.”
Mark and Jay Duplass, who burst onto the independent film scene with their first feature, The Puffy Chair, have built up their Duplass Brothers Productions banner, which is behind upcoming theatrical releases The Overnight, Sean Baker’s Sundance hit Tangerine, and Bryan Buckley’s The Bronze.
The Duplass Bros. are repped by ICM Partners and Sloane Offer.