The creator and star of the comedy series “SMILF” has just signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Signature Studios. Variety reports that Frankie Shaw will develop cable and broadcast projects for the ABC Studios division.
Tracy Underwood, senior VP of ABC Signature Studios, which produces “SMILF” with Showtime, is quoted saying: “During the journey of developing and producing ‘SMILF’ with Frankie it quickly became clear that we wanted an ongoing partnership to help build out her company, brand and vision. She’s such a brilliant artist with a singular point of view while also proving to be an ambitious, taste-making producer.”
Variety adds: “The deal will allow Shaw, who is represented by UTA and Karl Austen, to incubate small projects and films as proofs-of-concept for series. ‘SMILF’ began life as an independent short film starring Shaw and Thomas Middleditch before being developed as a series for Showtime.”