Amazon Studios has signed a first-look television deal with Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society, the company announced Monday.
Under the deal, Jordan’s company will develop and produce new original series for the streamer, each of which will include an inclusion rider stipulating inclusive and representative hiring for cast and crew.
“It’s an exciting moment for Outlier Society,” Jordan said in a statement. “On behalf of myself and president of production, Alana Mayo, we are thrilled to be entering into this partnership with Amazon Studios. In just a few short years they have become home to some of television’s most groundbreaking series and an extraordinary place for talent to create, with a cutting-edge business model that speaks to today’s audiences. Alongside the expert leadership at Amazon Studios, we can’t wait to unveil the fruits of this union.”
“The key to Michael’s success, going back to the beginning of his career, has been his ability to elevate each role he has brought to life, often shattering stereotypes along the way,” said Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke. “One of the reasons it’s so exciting to be in business with him, Alana and Outlier Society is because they are part of the new wave of creative talents emphasizing diversity both above and below the line, and using their success to empower others. We can’t wait to bring their vision to a global audience who is hungry for revolutionary, authentic content.”
Outlier Society’s previous television credits include the HBO film “Fahrenheit 451,” the WWII action drama “The Liberators,” the animated Rooster Teeth series “gen:LOCK,” the sci-fi drama “Raising Dion,” and the OWN drama series “David Makes Man.”
On the film side, the company has a first-look deal with Warner Bro., with Jordan set to star in and produce the feature “Just Mercy,” based on the memoir of attorney, social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson.