‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Signs TV Development Deal With Amazon

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Amazon Studios is expanding its relationship with Barry Jenkins, signing a first-look TV deal with the “Moonlight” director’s company, Pastel.

“Barry is clearly a master of groundbreaking, authentically emotional storytelling and we are so proud to have him share that gift with us,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We are incredibly fortunate to have also secured his directorial vision for the entire limited series ‘The Underground Railroad.’”

Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes of the streamer’s adaption of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling novel.

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“The Underground Railroad” centers on a young slave named Cora and her journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. “The Underground Railroad” is being produced by Pastel andBrad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

“We at Pastel are excited to continue our Amazon relationship begun on ‘Underground Railroad’ and look forward to growing that partnership on projects near and beyond,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins, along with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight,” which also won Best Picture. Jenkins’ next film, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” is set to hit theaters Nov. 30.

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Barry Jenkins Signs Production Deal With Annapurna

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Annapurna has partnered with Barry Jenkins’ Pastel, the production company behind “Moonlight,” it was announced Tuesday.

The two-year film production deal includes a Jenkins-directed feature project that’s currently in development at Pastel, as well as future films from Pastel partners Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy and Mark Ceryak.

The partnership comes after Pastel’s first film, “Moonlight,” written and directed by Jenkins and produced by Romanski and Plan B, won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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The partnership will also focus on the development and supporting of projects from exceptional and emerging filmmakers.

“When looking for a place to further the mandate we established with ‘Moonlight,’ Annapurna felt like the perfect home for Pastel. The breadth of stories that Megan and her team have championed since the company’s inception is inspiring. As film fans, when we see the Annapurna logo on a film we know we’re in good hands. It’s exciting to know that the work of the filmmakers we support through Pastel will have a home in those same good hands,” said the Pastel partners.

Annapurna added, “We are so excited to begin this partnership with Pastel. We deeply admire the work done in ‘Moonlight’ and couldn’t feel more aligned and impressed with Pastel’s vision for their company. We look forward to teaming up together and continuing to put filmmakers with fresh perspectives and bold voices out into the world.”

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Earlier this month, Annapurna signed a three-year production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Plan B was previously set up at New Regency. As part of the deal, Plan B’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale will move with the company to Annapurna.

Jenkins is represented by CAA and Silent R Management. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Pastel by James Feldman and Andre Des Rochers and by Don Hardison on behalf of Annapurna.

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