Tina Tony Nominee Katori Hall Signs Overall TV Deal With Lionsgate, Including Commission for Black Playwrights

Film & TV News   Tina Tony Nominee Katori Hall Signs Overall TV Deal With Lionsgate, Including Commission for Black Playwrights
 
Hall's play Pussy Valley was recently adapted into the Starz series P-Valley, which Lionsgate has already picked up for a second season.
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Playwright Katori Hall, currently Tony-nominated for Broadway's Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will write and develop new projects for the screen through a new overall deal with Lionsgate Television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the contract will also include a commission program for Black playwrights.

The new partnership is a continuation of Hall's relationship with Lionsgate, with the series P-Valley (based on her play Pussy Valley) green-lit for a sophomore season on the Lionsgate-owned Starz. Hall serves as creator and showrunner.

"Black playwrights are particularly struggling—so much so that I fear some will leave the artform forever. This would undoubtedly be a major loss," Hall says. "Without theatre, there would be no me. In fact, there would be no P-Valley. That’s why I've partnered with Lionsgate on this initiative to help ensure that American theatre is more inclusive and diverse when the curtain rises again."

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Hall earned an Olivier Award for the London production of her play The Mountaintop, and is currently up for Best Book of a Musical for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (she is also attached to the Best Musical nod as a producer). Her additional plays include Hurt Village and The Hot Wing King.

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