Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”
Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.
“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.
Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”
Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.
Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”