Phil Lord & Chris Miller Ink Overall TV Deal with Sony


Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has secured a broad-ranging five-year overall television deal with Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated writers, directors and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Under the exclusive pact, Lord and Miller will develop live-action and animated series in both comedy and drama. The deal allows the duo to develop their own projects for network, cable and streaming platforms, as well as develop and supervise other writers’ projects. The pair will be involved in developing a suite of TV series based on Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.

Past collaborations between Lord and Miller and Sony include 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which marked the pair’s writing and directorial debut; 21 and 22 Jump Street and, most recently, Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse.

“This is a significant milestone for our television business, having the opportunity to work with two of the most creative forces in the industry in both our film and television businesses,” said Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television. “Building on our strong IP and creating new franchises has been a key focus for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the best way to do that is to invest in remarkable storytellers like Phil and Chris. We are thrilled to welcome them to the SPT family, and I want to thank Jeff, Chris and Jason for all their hard work in pulling this deal together.”

“Phil and Chris have reimagined every medium and genre they have touched,” said Sony Pictures Television President Jeff Frost. “Whether it’s television, features or animation, they have created their own unique brand and style. We are so excited to be working with these brilliant creators and showrunners and are looking forward to collaborating with them in every aspect of television—comedy, drama, animation and beyond.”

Lord and Miller added: “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio. Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes, wherever you may be.”