Louis-Dreyfus Joins Forces With Apple
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has signed a major deal with the streaming service Apple. In the deal, she will exclusively develop projects for Apple TV+ as well as be a star and executive producer.
Louis-Dreyfus has carved out an incredible career, grabbing Emmy awards for her work on three major comedy series: "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures Of Old Christine" and "Veep."
Welcome To the Future
In a press release, Louis-Dreyfus said:
“I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple. Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.”
Louis-Dreyfus just spent seven years on "Veep" after killing it with "Old Christine" and "Seinfeld," and this is her first overall deal with a streaming platform.
Deadline goes on to add her other accomplishments:
"She has won a total of 11 Emmy awards out of 24 nominations and nine SAG Awards, more than any other performer. Eight of her Emmy awards were for acting, tying Cloris Leachman for the most acting wins.
She won her sixth consecutive lead actress in a comedy series Emmy in 2017 for Veep, setting the record for most wins by a performer in the same role, in the same series. She also has multiple Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards for her work as an actress and producer, and is a recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor."
Not a lot of detail has been revealed about the deal right now, though it should be said that she rejoins former HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who originally OK'd "Veep" for the cable network.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Plepler and Louis-Dreyfus' deals with Apple were going on around the same time:
"The former exec has a stellar reputation and has deep relationships with both talent and showrunners, and his arrival at Apple is at least expected to help deepen those of former studio chiefs (Zack) Van Amburg and (Jamie) Erlicht, who, it's worth noting, have not struggled to lure both to their TV+ platform.
Sources say negotiations with Louis-Dreyfuss were already underway with Apple amid Plepler's talks with the tech giant, though he is said to have phoned her just before hers closed."
Just Guessin', But This Should Be Good
Perhaps Loius-Dreyfus has played no bigger role than Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld." As Jerry's former girlfriend and the only female regular on the the show, she went through men like a sieve while keeping Jerry, George and Kramer under her thumb, and was hilarious in almost every scene. So the possibilities are endless for Apple.