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Amazon announces deal with phoebe waller-bridge

Amazon Studios announced it has signed an overall deal with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator and star of the Emmy Award-winning Amazon Original series, Fleabag. Waller-Bridge, a multi-hyphenate talent, will create and produce new television content for Amazon Studios that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. Fleabag won six 2019 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, with Waller-Bridge winning both Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. 

“I’m insanely excited to be continuing my relationship with Amazon. Working with the team on Fleabag was the creative partnership dreams are made of. It really feels like home. I can’t wait to get going!” said Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Phoebe at Amazon Studios! As evident in her great success at the Emmy Awards this week, she is clever, brilliant, generous and a virtuoso on multiple fronts including writing, acting and producing,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Fleabag has been a gift to our Prime Video customers and we are excited for what comes next from this brilliant mind to dazzle and delight our global audience.”

Waller-Bridge is a multi-award-winning creative, garnering praise for her work as an actor, writer, creator and showrunner. Before being adapted into the acclaimed television series, Fleabag first debuted as a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, which Waller-Bridge wrote and performed.  This earned her an Olivier Award Nomination and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, among other accolades.  Waller-Bridge recently concluded limited, sold-out runs of her one-woman show Off-Broadway at New York’s SoHo Playhouse in April, and at London's Wyndham's Theatre in the West End earlier this month. The extended, sold-out New York run earned her a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.

The first season of Fleabag earned Waller-Bridge a BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program. The second season of Fleabag premiered to widespread praise from critics and viewers alike on Amazon Prime Video and BBC Three this spring, and earned six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Waller-Bridge. Fleabag is a Two Brothers Pictures production in association with DryWrite for the BBC and Amazon Studios.

Waller-Bridge has also garnered acclaim as the writer and showrunner of the first season of the celebrated BBC America television series Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The series earned Waller-Bridge a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Drama Series, as well as an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Drama Series. The first season won a Peabody Award in the Entertainment category, and was also nominated for 15 BAFTA Television Awards, including Best Drama and Best Writer: Drama.

Additional notable television credits include Crashing, which was her screenwriting debut, and Broadchurch. Waller-Bridge will also executive produce the eOne romantic comedic thriller Run for HBOstarring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson.

On film, Waller-Bridge appeared as the first female droid in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was also recently announced that Waller-Bridge had joined the writing team for the 25th James Bond film No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Cary Fukunaga. The film is dated for an April 2020 release.

Waller-Bridge's additional theatre credits include: The One (Soho Theatre), Mydidae (Trafalgar Studios), Hay Fever (West End), Tribes (Royal Court), Rope (Almeida), 2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre, Evening Standard Theater Award Nomination “Best Newcomer)”, Like a Fishbone (Bush Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre). 

Waller-Bridge is also Co-Artistic Director of DryWrite Theatre Company, an award-winning and Olivier nominated new-writing theatre company that challenges writers to work with specific briefs and goals to actively engage audiences. She is also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Waller-Bridge is represented by UTA, Hatton McEwan Penford, Independent Talent and Ziffren Law.

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