Sonar Inks First-Look TV Deal with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw


LOS ANGELES: Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions that encompasses all content for TV, including digital.

The partnership with Monkeypaw Productions is the latest in a series of first-look agreements Sonar has secured, including deals with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Robert Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey. Monkeypaw Productions, founded by Peele in 2012, is behind the Emmy Award-winning Key & Peele on Comedy Central. Next on the roster is a Tracy Morgan comedy series at TBS, set for production later this year.

“Jordan Peele is one of the brightest stars in our business—a true hyphenate—actor, writer, producer and director,” said Thomas Lesinski, the CEO of Sonar Entertainment. “We are excited to partner with him and Monkeypaw. This collaboration aligns perfectly with Sonar’s vision for developing, producing and distributing premium programming with the highest profile talent for a broad, global audience.”

“I am thrilled to partner with the incredible folks at Sonar Entertainment as they are committed to truly elevated-quality content,” added Peele. “Especially now as I move into this next chapter in television, my aim is to help develop untapped voices as well as my own dream shows, and continue to push the boundaries of television.”