Legendary Signs ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Runaways’ Creator Brian K. Vaughan to Multi-Year Overall Deal

Legendary Entertainment has signed prolific comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan — known for co-creating comics including “Y: The Last Man” and Marvel’s “Runaways” — to a multi-year overall deal.

The exclusive deal, Vaughan’s first with a studio, will have him adapt his own works, and produce and develop new projects exclusively for Legendary across TV, film and other platforms.

“Through truly inspired storytelling, Brian has created immersive, compelling worlds that are devoured by fans worldwide,” Nick Pepper, president of Legendary Television Studios said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Brian to bring his visions and extraordinary library of work to the screen.”

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Vaughan has created several award-winning graphic novels and comics, winning 14 Eisner Awards, 14 Harvey Awards and a Hugo Award. His “Runaways” comic series for Marvel was adapted by Hulu, and debuts its second season on Dec. 21. FX is currently developing an adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” with Michael Green and Aida Croal and just finished shooting the pilot. Vaughan is an executive producer on “Last Man” and an executive consultant for “Runaways.” He also developed the adaption of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” for CBS and was a writer on ABC’s “Lost.”

Additional comic book series created by Vaughan include “Sage,” “Paper Girls,” “Ex Machina,” “Barrier” and “We Stand on Guard.”

“Legendary was instrumental in helping to revolutionize the way the world thought of ‘comic-book movies,’ so it’s a tremendous honor to work with them on adaptations of some of my and my talented collaborators’ past and current comics, and I’m looking forward to hopefully creating a few wholly original stories with them, as well,” Vaughan said.

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Netflix Inks Overall Deal With ‘Doc McStuffins’ Creator Chris Nee

Award-winning children’s series creator Chris Nee is leaving Disney to enter into an overall deal with Netflix, the streaming giant announced on Thursday.

It will be a multi-year deal with the Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s TV screenwriter and producer.

Nee has created hits such as “Doc McStuffins” and the Emmy-nominated “Vampirina” for Disney Junior.

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Under her new deal at Netflix, Nee will write and produce animated and live action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on any feature film projects that Nee and her production company, Laughing Wild, develop.

“Chris is an absolute master at crafting characters that kids want to spend time with and telling stories that are representative of all different types of families and communities,” said Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s vice president of kids and family content, in a statement. “She  is among the very best and most prolific artists working in kids content today and we are so honored that Chris has chosen to make Netflix her creative home.”

“Doc McStuffins,” which won a Peabody Award, NAACP Awards and multiple Daytime Emmy nominations, was the first preschool show to feature an animated black female as the lead character as well as a family led by LGBTQ parents.

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“The beauty of Netflix is that they don’t define me by what I’ve done in the past, but by who they think I can be in the future,” Nee said in a statement. “I love that they don’t believe in boxes but rather encourage creators to dream big and swing for the fences creatively. Just as important is my ability to define the culture of my company and double-down on finding and nurturing new and diverse voices.

“My mission is to create work that reflects the world we live in and lend a voice to the storytellers who haven’t always had access. I can’t wait to get started.”

Nee began her career as an associate producer at Sesame Street International, where she spent time in countries like Mexico, Finland, Israel and Jordan working on local productions for the award-winning show. She has spent over 20 years championing stories with diverse points of view that have paved the way for underrepresented voices to be heard.

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Netflix has entered into a multi-year first-look deal with Oscar-nominated writer, producer and director Chris Columbus.

Under the deal announced Wednesday, Netflix gets a first look at any feature film Columbus and his 1492 Pictures partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe want to produce.

“Chris has established himself as a diverse and versatile filmmaker with his work spanning generations, genres and audiences,” Netflix film head Scott Stuber said in a statement. “Following the huge success of ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ I’m thrilled that we can continue the highly productive relationship we enjoy with him and his partners. I’m looking forward to the creative boundaries Chris, Michael, Mark and the 1492 team will push here at Netflix.”

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The deal represents a strengthening of the relationship between Columbus and 1492 Pictures, and Netflix, following the recently-produced holiday film “The Christmas Chronicles” starring Kurt Russell.

Columbus started 1492 Pictures with Barnathan and Radcliffe in 1994, launching film franchises such as “Harry Potter” and “Night at the Museum.” In 2011, they produced the blockbuster hit “The Help,” which received four Oscar nominations including best picture. “The Christmas Chronicles” is the 24th film they have produced together.

“Partnering with Netflix is a thrilling and exciting opportunity for 1492 Pictures.  Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days.  But not at Netflix,” Columbus said in a statement. “They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking. And the icing on the cake? The executives at Netflix are great people who support some of the world’s greatest filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron. I look forward to a long working relationship with Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our guiding light, Racheline Benveniste.”

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