Insecure star Issa Rae has inked a five-year exclusive rights deal that brings her HOORAE media company in partnership with WarnerMedia.
The deal (which Variety says is in the eight-figure range is exclusive) will give HBO, HBO Max, and Warner Bros. television exclusive rights to Rae’s upcoming work, as well as a first-look film deal that includes brands such as Warner Bros. Pictures Group, New Line, and, again, HBO Max. All projects will be developed alongside Rae’s media company.
HBO is currently in production on the final season of Rae and Hoorae’s Emmy-winning series Insecure, and will launch the second season of A Black Lady Sketch Show in April.
“HBO has been supportive of my work since the very first general meeting I had with Casey in 2012,” said Rae. “I’m thrilled to not only spread my creative wings with the network that makes all of my favorite series, but also to produce culturally resonant stories with new voices that incite exciting conversations via HOORAE’s expanded relationship with all WarnerMedia platforms.”
The deal extends Rae’s relationship with HBO, which she initially signed in 2016 and re-upped for the first time in 2018.
“We have been in business with Issa for more than eight years, and we couldn’t be prouder of our collaboration,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max. “‘Insecure’ was a breakthrough series for HBO, and there is much more on the horizon. This new deal is an opportunity to leverage the strength of WarnerMedia to provide a multitude of platforms for Issa’s formidable talents as a producer and storyteller.”