Writer, producer and actress Natasha Rothwell has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature Studios, according to Deadline.

  • Under her new deal, Rothwell will develop new projects for television under her Big Hattie Productions.
  • Financial details on the deal have not been shared at this time, but Deadline reports that the three-year deal is in the “eight-figure range.”
  • Rothwell’s credits as an actress include HBO’s long-running series Insecure, which earned her two NAACP Image Award nominations.
  • Other credits include:
    • Love, Simon
    • Sonic The Hedgehog
    • Wonder Woman 1984
  • She also served as a writer on Saturday Night Live and lent her voice to characters on:

What they’re saying:

  • Tara Duncan, leader of Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative: “Natasha is the real deal triple threat. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years and have loved watching her career blossom in front of and behind the camera. It’s an honor to provide a platform for one of the best comedic talents in the business.”
  • Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature: “I echo Tara’s sentiments – we love Natasha and are so excited she will join the ABC Signature family. This is a coup for our studio, and we’re honored to support this gifted storyteller as she sets out not just to entertain but to change the television landscape for the better.”
  • Natasha Rothwell: “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be starting this next chapter with ABC Signature! I’m beyond grateful to have the incomparable Tara Duncan in my corner along with Jonnie Davis and Tracy Underwood, who have welcomed me into the Disney Family with open arms. It was important to me to find a studio partner that would not only honor my vision and my voice as a storyteller, but also one that shared my hunger for stories that broaden the limited scope with which BIPOCs have traditionally been viewed–– stories where our humanity isn’t a plot point or up for debate but it’s understood, celebrated and explored in new and interesting ways. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be partnering with ABC Signature, and to have the opportunity to tell thoughtful, nuanced stories that center marginalized voices–– stories that dare to subvert expectations all under the banner of Big Hattie Productions. Y’all better buckle up.”