Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sharon Horgan signs exclusive two-year deal with Amazon

Sharon Horgan
Sharon Horgan

Sean O'Grady

Actress and writer Sharon Horgan has signed an exclusive two-year deal with Amazon Studios, the company has announced.

Horgan (47), known for creating the comedy series Catastrophe, has also signed a first book deal with the studio for her production company Merman which she co-created with Clelia Mountford.

Amazon Studios will now get first-look rights to Merman's creative output to which Horgan is attached and they will also have remake rights to Merman-produced television series.

“We are excited to be broadening our collaboration with Sharon Horgan on the heels of her two recently successful series,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

“Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding content for our Prime members.”

Horgan and Mountford said: “Amazon is at the forefront of ground-breaking television and Merman is delighted to be part of their remit to create unique content. The team at Amazon have supported us since the inception of Catastrophe and we are thrilled to be working together. Also, all the free books and stuff is great.”

As well as being co-creator, Horgan also starred in the BAFTA-winning Catastrophe opposite Rob Delaney.

The show ran for three seasons on Channel 4.

The sister of rugby player Shane Horgan, she was born in London but raised in Co Meath and is also known for creating the BBC comedy shows Pulling and Motherland.

More recently, she created and serves as executive producer of HBO comedy-drama Divorce, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker.

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