Jay Z Signs Overall TV, Film Deal With Weinstein Company

Rapper will produce scripted and unscripted projects with TWC

Last Updated: September 29, 2016 @ 7:44 AM

Jay Z has signed a two-year overall TV and film deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC).

The company announced Thursday that the deal will allow TWC to have have first-look options with the rapper to produce both scripted and unscripted television projects and film projects.

TWC and Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, already have projects in development that will be formally announced in the coming weeks. This will be the second first-look deal for the company since they announced a multi-year overall deal with director Antoine Fuqua earlier this year.

“I’m 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,” Jay Z said. “Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

His past film credits include the Jamie Foxx remake of “Annie,” on which he served as producer, Chris Rock‘s “Top Five,” which he co-produced, and Baz Luhrmann‘s “The Great Gatsby,” which he executive produced.

“Having known Jay on a personal level for many years we are thrilled by the opportunity to expand our relationship,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. “Jay’s ability to influence entertainment and pop culture has gone well beyond music for many years. He approaches every aspect of his career with both determination and effortlessness, making him one of the leading power players in entertainment history.”

The deal was negotiated by TWC president and COO David Glasser, and Sarah Sobel, TWC’s executive vice president of business and legal affairs.