Julia Louis-Dreyfus has an immense influence over television comedy. She co-starred on Seinfeld, a show about nothing which defined the nineties. Her run as Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep encapsulated government in a nihilistic political nutsack, from a do-nothing congress to the nothing-can-get-quite-done presidency. Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t merely presidential, Veep won so many awards it got embarrassing.
Now Louis-Dreyfus has signed a sweeping overall deal with Apple in which she will “develop new projects exclusively for Apple TV+ as both an executive producer and star,” according to the press statement.
This is Louis-Dreyfus’ first time signing an overall deal with a streaming service, which comes with interesting perks. “I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple,” she said in a statement. “Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.”
Also known for her work on Saturday Night Live, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most influential names in Hollywood. She broke Lucille Ball’s record for multiple Emmy wins, held the Golden Globes in her hands, took home SAG and Critics Choice Awards and was recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Louis-Dreyfus will soon be seen alongside Will Ferrell in Fox Searchlight’s Downhill, which she also produces. Inspired by the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, it is directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.
Apple has also previously signed overall deals with Alfonso Cuaron, Kerry Ehrin, Jon M. Chu, Justin Lin, Jason Katims, Lee Eisenberg, as well as major studios A24 and Imagine Documentaries.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
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