EXCLUSIVE: Lee Sung Jin (aka Sonny Lee), creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed series Beef, has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix that will extend across scripted series and feature film.

The creative partnership will be overseen by Jinny Howe, Vice President, Drama Series, at Netflix, and her team, sources tell Deadline.

Beef made its debut on the streamer on April 6 with Steven Yeun and Ali Wong in leading roles. According to Netflix, the 10-episode series was on the Global Netflix Top 10 for 5 weeks, reaching the Top 10 in 87 countries.

To date, the comedy-drama has received more than 30 award nominations including 13 Emmy nominations and 3 Gotham Award nominations; with the series winning a TCA award for Outstanding Limited Series earlier this year. Lee is also set to be honored by the Critics Choice Association for Breakthrough Director.

“We’re so proud to see how Beef has broken through and brought Sonny Lee’s singular vision to life. 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,” Howe said in an exclusive statement to Deadline.

In addition to Beef, a selection of Lee’s past credits includes FX’s Dave, Amazon’s Undone and HBO’s Silicon Valley. On the feature side, he is currently writing Thunderbolts for Marvel.

Lee is represented by WME, Ben Rowe at Grandview, and attorney Ken Richman at Hansen, Jacobson, et al.


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