Actress, comedian, and talk show host Chelsea Handler has signed a first-look producing deal with Universal Television for scripted series and with Universal Television Alternative Studio for unscripted programming.
“Chelsea’s singular voice has long stood out among a crowded TV landscape, and we’re excited that she is bringing her unbridled creativity and energy to our studio,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television.
Handler recently wrapped her Netflix talk show Chelsea, and before that she did a successful seven-year run as host of E!’s Chelsea Lately. She will continue her working relationship with Netflix for another original documentary series, which will focus on the idea of white privilege.
Handler has two series projects currently in development that she is executive producing: dramedy Unspeakable, starring Mary McCormack at Hulu, and the drama I Hate the Internet, based on the Jarett Kobek novel, for TNT.
“I’ve spent most of my life telling personal stores about myself. Whether it’s been through comedy or books, everything has been about my life,” Handler said. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with NBCUniversal and put my focus and energy into telling other people’s stories and developing entertaining content all around.”
In recent years Handler has become a political and social activist and has been very vocal in raising awareness for causes such as the #MeToo movement and women’s marches around the country. She is represented by UTA.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern