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‘Fairfax’ Creators Ink First-Look Deal with Amazon Studios

Matt Hausfater, Teddy Riley, and Aaron Buchsbaum will create and produce projects to premiere exclusively on Prime Video; their new animated comedy, about four middle schoolers’ quest for trending coolness on the famous L.A. street, debuts on the streamer today.

Striking while the iron is hot on the eve of their animated comedy series debut, the three creators of Prime Video’s Fairfax have signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. In the newly inked agreement, producers Matt Hausfater, Teddy Riley, and Aaron Buchsbaum, who recently formed the production banner The Adorable Trio, will create and produce projects to premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Fairfax premieres on Prime Video today, October 29.

“We are incredibly excited to expand our working relationship with Amazon,” said Hausfater, Riley, and Buchsbaum. “They have been amazing creative partners on Fairfax and we look forward to collaborating with them for the rest of time… or until the deal expires.”

“We love what Matt, Teddy, and Aaron did with Fairfax - create a great animated comedy with distinctive, culturally relevant characters,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon Studios. “From hypebeast humor to wise-cracking pigeons, we love the way they collaborate to make smart and hysterical projects and look forward to what they do next, which is sure to have our audiences doubled over in hysterical laughter.”

Riley and Buchsbaum met in college at the University of Southern California, studying business and film. Together, they wrote a feature comedy spec, El Tigre, which made The Black List and was sold to Sony (with Mosaic Entertainment producing) in a competitive bidding war. Since then, they have written and sold projects to Sony, CBS, MGM, Paramount, Universal, Comedy Central, Roku, and Prime Video.

Hausfater graduated from Boston University’s College of Communications in 2007. After moving to Los Angeles, his first feature, Ex-Boyfriend of the Bride, landed on The Black List in 2012.

Since then, Hausfater has been a staff writer on Undateable for NBC and a co-producer on Club de Cuervos for Netflix. Additionally, he has developed and created original series for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at FOX and Bill Lawrence at NBC.

Riley and Buchsbaum are both represented by Michael Lasker at Mosaic, Ryan Draizin at WME and Jeffrey Frankel at McKuin Frankel & Whitehead.

Hausfater is represented by Lindsay Perraud at Kaplan/Perrone, Allan Haldeman/Matt Baldovsky/Jordan Lonner at UTA, and Robby Koch at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP.

Riley, Buchsbaum, and Hausfater are all represented by Kovert Creative.

Source: The Adorable Trio

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.