Jeffrey Seller, wunderkind Broadway producer of Rent Avenue Q, In the Heights—and Hamilton—has signed a production deal with Universal Television to produce TV projects for the studio.
Seller will team with producing partner Flody Suarez in the deal.
“I’ve been obsessed with storytelling since the fourth grade,” said Seller. “Having now spent over 30 years telling stories on stage, I’m excited by the opportunity Bob has given me (and Flody) to stretch my muscles and apply my craft to television. I couldn’t be happier to be with NBCUniversal.”
“I’m so pleased to have Universal Television in business with one of the theater’s leading producers, Jeffrey Seller, and his producing partner, Flody Suarez,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. “Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights and Hamilton, is nothing short of remarkable. There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to see where he and Flody’s instincts and talent relationships will go in the world of television.”
Under Greenblatt, NBC has produced theatre-related projects including The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live! On Dec. 7, NBC will air Hairspray Live! and in early 2017 the network will bring viewers Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men Live!
Universal Television currently produces more than 20 primetime series as well as late night and reality programs for a variety of network, cable, and digital platforms. These include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bates Motel, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, among others