Jan 15, 2020

Steven Soderbergh Inks Sweeping TV, Film Deal With WarnerMedia

Steven Soderbergh is expanding his relationship with WarnerMedia.

The indie pioneer has signed a sweeping overall deal with the media giant. The three-year deal includes an exclusive TV pact that will see the Ocean’s director-producer develop and create new projects for premium cable network HBO and forthcoming streamer HBO Max. Additionally, Warner Bros. Pictures will also have a first-look film option on projects from the Erin Brockovich helmer. Financial terms were not immediately available, but it is considered to be a sizable deal.

The expansive arrangement builds on Warners’ relationship with Soderberg, who is directing the comedic feature Let Them All Talk, which stars Meryl Streep and is due to launch this year on HBO Max.

“This arrangement grew out of talks Michael Sugar and I were having with Sarah Aubrey during the negotiations for Let Them All Talk, and there were four things tractor-beaming me toward this deal: One, I have a history with both HBO and Warner Bros.; two, my definition of a good product, a good process, and a good working culture is shared by the WarnerMedia family; three, the wide range of potential outlets aligns with my range of interests; and four, I get to witness and participate in the building of something new at a very large scale. Oh, and there is a financial aspect, so that’s probably five,” Soderbergh said Wednesday in a statement.

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