Lee Sung Jin, the creator of the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Beef,” has signed a multi-year overall deal with the streamer.
The deal covers both film and television projects that Lee (also known as Sonny Lee) may develop. As is customary with such announcements, financial terms were not disclosed.
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“We’re so proud to see how ‘Beef’ has broken through and brought Sonny Lee’s singular vision to life,” said Jinny Howe, vice president of drama series at Netflix. “It delivered performances of a lifetime from the inimitable Ali Wong and Steven Yeun. That the series went on to capture critical praise is just a dream come true. We’re thrilled to continue on this storytelling journey with Sonny and can’t wait to see what he has in store.”
In addition to creating “Beef,” Lee served as a director, executive producer, and showrunner on the series. His other credits include shows like “Dave,” “Tuca & Bertie,” “Silicon Valley,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He is repped by WME, Grandview, and Hansen Jacobson.
“Beef” proved to be one of the most celebrated shows of the year. Per Netflix, it was in the Global top 10 for five weeks and reached the Top 10 in 87 countries. The show received 13 Emmy nominations, including nods for best limited series, best actor and actress in a limited series for Wong and Yeun, and best writing for a limited series. The show has received 30 award nominations in total, with Lee set to be honored by the Critics Choice Association with the award for breakthrough director.
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