The producer of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” and his producing partner, a former NBC executive, will be developing TV projects after signing a production deal. Universal Television announced that Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez signed with the company.
In announcing the deal, NBC Entertainment and Universal TV Chairman Bob Greenblatt said: “Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind ‘Rent,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Hamilton,’ is nothing short of remarkable. There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to see where he and Flody’s instincts and talent relationships will go in the world of television.”
For Suarez, the signing marks a return to the NBC fold. Suarez was previously VP of development for the network, working on shows including “ER” and “Just Shoot Me.” He’s currently a consultant on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
Seller has a long track record of Broadway success, having produced Tony winners “Rent,” “Avenue Q” and “In the Heights” along with revivals of “La Boheme” and “West Side Story.”
“I’ve been obsessed with storytelling since the fourth grade,” Seller says in the announcement. “Having now spent over 30 years telling stories on stage, I’m excited by the opportunity Bob has given me (and Flody) to stretch my muscles and apply my craft to television. I couldn’t be happier to be with NBCUniversal.”
“Hamilton,” starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently received a record 16 Tony nominations.