Director Judd Apatow Extends Deal with Universal, Signing Overall Film and TV Deal

Funny man and director Judd Apatow – the visionary behind such crowd-pleasing comedies as The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and The King of Staten Island – knows which side his toast is buttered on, according to our business savvy cohorts across the street at The Hollywood Reporter. The celebrated filmmaker has just extended his working relationship with Universal Pictures, representing a lucrative multiple-year business deal with the film and television arms of the storied Hollywood behemoth.

 Currently working as a producer on the Universal flick Bros, Apatow issued a press release lauding Universal for the new deal, saying that “For eighteen years Universal Pictures has been an incredibly creative and supportive partner in my film career. It only took me eighteen years to realize I should probably try to do that with the television studio, too. I am so excited to get started.”

This new pact with Universal signals something of a sea-change for the This Is 40 director: Apatow has famously had a longstanding working relationship with rival studio WarnerMedia’s HBO, going all the way back to the good old days of laser disc and Flock of Seagulls when he served as a volunteer on the nigh legendary Comic Relief specials. That relationship bloomed throughout the decades, with the director and producer working on everything HBO-related from the much-missed The Larry Sanders Show, Girls and George Carlin’s American Dream. Word ‘round campfire has it that Warner’s is always open to working with Apatow in the future, should occasion present itself.

“We are eager to expand Judd’s longtime relationship with NBCUniversal by making his television home here at Universal Studio Group,” said Universal Big Wheel Pearlena Igbokwe in a press release announcing the new deal with the director. “We, like most audiences, are fans of his unconventional characters and unparalleled brand of comedy. We look forward to giving him a creative environment to do what he does best – make us laugh.”

Apatow is expected to have a hand in a little bit of everything over at Universal up to and including the likes of documentaries, scripted comedy, comedy specials and even his own noted stand-up routines.

 Echoing Igbokwe, Universal Film President Donna Langley said that “Judd has championed the industry’s most groundbreaking comedic voices for the past two decades and has inspired and guided an entire generation of filmmakers and creators…We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Judd with this new pact…”

Congrats to Judd Apatow and we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for all of his upcoming work for Universal!

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