Matthew Weiner Teams Up With Amazon For A New Show
The 'Mad Men' Creator Will Receive $70 Million For His Efforts
Still fresh off the heels of the overwhelming success that was “Mad Men,” show creator Matthew Weiner pretty much has the freedom to do whatever he feels like. And with that, he’s taking his talents to Amazon, inking a $70 million deal for a new series that will have an eight-episode first season.
Though Weiner is best known for his maniacal attention to detail in creating the 1960s setting of “Mad Men,”Deadline says the new series will take place in the present day. The upcoming “contemporary anthology,” which also counts The Weinstein Company as producers, will be set in locations all over the world. Weiner is also said to be directing “about half” of the episodes of the first season.
Amazon has certainly put out a handful of good shows, the most successful of which is “Transparent.” Now in its third season, the show has won eight Emmys and been nominated for 21. But that of course pales in comparison to “Mad Men,” which was nominated for 116 Emmys — winning 16 — over its seven-season run. The show put AMC on the map as a destination for prestige TV, and is only one of four shows to win four consecutive Emmys for an outstanding drama series.
Weiner himself earned four Emmys for “Mad Men,” and he previously won two for his work writing and producing on “The Sopranos.” So if Amazon really wants a hit, it’s possible they’ve turned to the right guy.