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."