EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe-nominated writer Liz Hannah (The Post, Plainville’s daughter) signed a global agreement with MRC Television and Civic Center Media, a joint venture between UTA and MRC. As part of this pact, Hannah will develop and produce television projects with the independent studio partnership through her newly launched company, Happy Friday Productions. Hannah’s goal for Happy Friday Prods. is storytelling and producing feature film and television projects with authentic perspectives and voices which she will produce alongside Brittany Kahan Ward.
“Liz is a beautiful storyteller who creates worlds that engulf and inspire you,” said MRC Television President Elise Henderson. “Her characters have an authenticity, uniqueness and relatability that connects audiences to their journey and, more importantly, to the messages that transcend them.”
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Hannah is currently the executive producer and serves as showrunner alongside Patrick Macmanus on Hulu / UCP’s Plainville’s daughter, based on Jesse Barron’s Esquire article of the same name. The limited series, which follows the true story of Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy III, is also produced by Brittany Kahan Ward and Elle Fanning, who will play the role of Carter. Additionally, Hannah is Writer / Executive Producer of The dropout, Hulu and Searchlight TV’s upcoming limited series based on the ABC News / ABC Radio podcast of the same name on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos.
On the cinema side, Hannah adapts the novel by Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maud Dixon ?, which she will also direct, for Universal Pictures, Pascal Pictures and Chris Morgan Productions. Lee, a biopic about WWII photojournalist Lee Miller, written by Hannah and directed by Ellen Kuras, is set to play Kate Winslet.
Hannah’s first screenplay, The post office, which she co-rote with Josh Singer, was directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Streep. Hannah and Singer were nominated for a Golden Globe. Additionally, Hannah wrote Far shot, directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen; Netflix All the bright places, directed by Brett Haley starring Elle Fanning and Judge Smith; and was a writer-producer on the second season of praise of David Fincher Mindhunter series for which she, along with the rest of the editorial staff, were nominated for a WGA Award.
“I am delighted to be partnering with MRC on this new venture,” said Hannah. “Meeting with (MRC President) Elise Henderson has been a long term goal since our first meeting years ago. It was obvious.
Civic Center Media / MRC Television also has deals with Lewellen Pictures, the company recently launched by Dakota and Elle Fanning, as well as with Edith’s Daughter by Cynthia Erivo. Series currently in production include Great season 2 for Hulu, The Shrink Next Door with Apple TV + and The list of terminals for Amazon Studios.