Congrats are in order for Insecure actress Natasha Rothwell. The actress/comedian inked a multi-year overall deal at ABC Signature.
Under the deal, Rothwell will develop new television projects via her Big Hattie Productions. The deal is also in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative led by Tara Duncan.
“Natasha is the real deal triple threat. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years and have loved watching her career blossom in front of and behind the camera,” said Duncan. “It’s an honor to provide a platform for one of the best comedic talents in the business.”
“I echo Tara’s sentiments – we love Natasha and are so excited she will join the ABC Signature family,” said Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature. “This is a coup for our studio, and we’re honored to support this gifted storyteller as she sets out not just to entertain but to change the television landscape for the better.”
Rothwell’s three-year pact with ABC was estimated to be in the eight-figure range. And she deserves all eight figures. Before starring in Insecure, Rothwell also wrote for Saturday Night Live as well as wrote and starred in the original sketch series Netflix Presents: The Characters.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be starting this next chapter with ABC Signature! I’m beyond grateful to have the incomparable Tara Duncan in my corner along with Jonnie Davis and Tracy Underwood, who have welcomed me into the Disney Family with open arms,” said Rothwell. “It was important to me to find a studio partner that would not only honor my vision and my voice as a storyteller, but also one that shared my hunger for stories that broaden the limited scope with which BIPOCs have traditionally been viewed–– stories where our humanity isn’t a plot point or up for debate but it’s understood, celebrated and explored in new and interesting ways. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be partnering with ABC Signature, and to have the opportunity to tell thoughtful, nuanced stories that center marginalized voices–– stories that dare to subvert expectations all under the banner of Big Hattie Productions. Y’all better buckle up.”
Rothwell has also starred in films such as Love, Simon, Like a Boss, and Wonder Woman 1984.
Rothwell was named a 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Fellow for her script Black Comic-Con, and she is writing the coming-of-age feature We Were There, Too with Gloria Calderón-Kellett for HBO Max. Rothwell will also star in The White Lotus, a limited series written and directed by Mike White for HBO; and leads the cast of Malltown, an animated series she is executive producing alongside Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Rothwell has also voiced characters on DuckTales, Bojack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, and The Simpsons and is currently the voice of Mommy Shark in the Nickelodeon series Baby Shark.