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HBO Max, Marlon Wayans ink first-look deal

HBO Max has secured an overall deal with American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer Marlon Wayans. The recently-launched streamer will have a first look at Wayans’ scripted and unscripted projects, with ...
June 25, 2020

HBO Max has secured an overall deal with American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer Marlon Wayans.

The recently-launched streamer will have a first look at Wayans’ scripted and unscripted projects, with the first to be announced titles including a scripted comedy co-created with producer Rick Alvarez and an hour-long stand-up special.

“Marlon is a ‘triple threat’ with an impressive resume that speaks to his acting talent and comedy prowess” Suzanna Makkos, EVP of original comedy and animation for HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have his unique voice and comedic vision join our growing family of creators.”

“I’m excited to be in business with HBO Max. Rick and I have had a lot of success in the streaming space and are excited to work with a company that is equally excited to work with us” Wayans added. “We look forward to helping both brands grow rapidly and internationally. HBO Max is a great place to continue our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces.”

Wayans and Alvarez have been producing partners for nearly 21 years. In addition to a raft of scripted films, the pair executive produced the feature documentary Sweet Mickey for President as well as reality competition series Funniest Wins (TBS) and I Can Do That (NBC).

Recently, Wayans and Alvarez have been producing under the Ugly Baby Productions banner.

 

 

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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