In the race to sign up every quality television producer on the face of the planet, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have entered the next phase of the Streaming Wars. No longer is it just okay to have quality, popular series. No, now you need to sign exclusive deals with people like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, and apparently, Jordan Peele.
According to a report on THR, Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive agreement with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw production company. The deal covers all of their small-screen ventures, including the already-announced Lorena Bobbit docu-series and “The Hunt,” which is a series about a group of “Nazi hunters” that lived in New York City in 1977.
“Jordan, [Monkeypaw’s] Win Rosenfeld and the Monkeypaw team represent the ideal creative collaboration as we continue to ramp up original, culturally relevant and riveting television,” Amazon’s Jennifer Salke said. “Our Lorena Bobbitt documentary and series order for ‘The Hunt’ represent just the start of what will be a prolific and exciting relationship with Monkeypaw.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about this new relationship with Amazon. They’ve been a fantastic partner to Monkeypaw over the last year because they’re committed to the same kind of fun and culturally relevant television we are,” Peele said.
As mentioned, this is yet another big name to sign an exclusive deal with a streaming company. Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy were snatched up by Netflix. Over at Hulu, they recently signed up Mindy Kaling, who then proceeded to use her platform to throw shade at the other streamers. Now, it looks like Amazon is in the exclusivity game.
In addition to their commitment to Monkeypaw, Amazon has a slew of high-profile television series in production, including the $1 billion “Lord of the Rings” series, which is guaranteed for a five-year commitment and should be rushing into production soon, perhaps even with Peter Jackson attached.