Disney: WandaVision’s Jac Schaeffer Signs Overall Deal
“What is an overall deal, if not talent persevering.” – IGN on Jac Schaeffer’s overall deal.
WandaVision‘s creator and head writer Jac Schaeffer signed an overall television deal with The Walt Disney Company. Under the new deal, Schaeffer will produce Marvel Studios-related shows for Disney+ and non-Marvel shows for 20th Television. The deal is good for three years, according to a report in The Wrap.
To Marvel fans, Schaeffer is best known for her work as the creator and head writer on WandaVision; however, she actually got her start at Marvel as a writer for the upcoming Black Widow movie.
According to The Wrap, Schaeffer made her feature screenwriting debut with the 2009 Tribeca film TiMER, which starred Emma Caulfield-Ford.
She also wrote The Shower, a female-centered science fiction comedy that would have starred Anne Hathaway (if it had been made), and 2019’s The Hustle, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at MGM that starred Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.
Schaeffer also penned the screenplay for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2017 short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which played before screenings of Pixar’s Coco. The music for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was written by the sister of one of the musical geniuses behind the WandaVision soundtrack, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Schaeffer has entered into a three-year overall exclusive television deal with Marvel Studios and 20th Television. If she has signed an overall deal with Disney, it means the studio trusts her to keep creating shows like WandaVision (which has already been submitted for Emmy consideration).
In the film and television industry, an overall deal is an agreement between a creator and a studio where the studio financially compensates the creator to then own all the ideas that they come up with while under this deal. In other words, anything that is created while under an exclusive overall deal stays within the studio that owns it, and cannot be shopped elsewhere.
According to Deadline, this is the first deal of this kind at The Walt Disney Company, signaling closer collaboration between Marvel Studios and Disney’s TV studio units. But, what does this mean for the future of of the company? And for the future of Jac Schaeffer’s creative vision?
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