The Weinsteins ink first look deal with Jay Z

The deal will give The Weinstein Company first-look options with the music mogul to produce both unscripted and scripted TV and film projects.
September 29, 2016

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has signed an exclusive first-look deal with rapper and budding film and TV producer Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter (pictured). It’s a two-year overall agreement that gives TWC first-look options with Jay Z to produce both unscripted and scripted TV and film projects. TWC and Jay Z already have projects in development under the deal, according to the company.

The deal with TWC will see Carter continue to expand his TV and film work, which currently includes scripted fare such as the Jamie Foxx remake of Annie, on which he served as a producer, Chris Rock’s Top Five, which he co-produced, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which he executive produced.

In a statement, Carter said he’s “excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight.”

TWC president and COO David Glasser added that the deal offers an opportunity for the company to create fresh content as it continues to grow its TV division.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of TWC by Glasser along with Sarah Sobel, EVP of business and legal affairs.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.