Emmy-nominated showrunner of WBA/Amblin TV’s upcoming ‘Animaniacs’ series for Hulu signs exclusive, multi-year agreement for both animated and live-action projects.
Emmy-nominated Family Guy writer/producer Wellesley Wild has just inked an exclusive, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Animation. Under the terms of the deal, Wild will develop, write and produce new animated projects at WBA — for both adult, kid and family audiences — across all platforms, including premium/pay and basic cable channels, streaming/on-demand and digital platforms, and the broadcast networks.
The deal also calls for Wild to develop, write and produce original live-action projects at other scripted programming divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group, such as Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television and digital venture Blue Ribbon Content.
Wild currently serves as showrunner and executive producer for the upcoming WBA/Amblin Television series Animaniacs, which is coming soon to Hulu. This new agreement is WBA’s first major overall producer deal, and it signals the Studio’s expanding commitment to producing animated programs by partnering with top industry talent for original material and leveraging the studio’s extensive library of characters, which include Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Scooby-Doo!, DC and others.
Previously, Wild wrote for 10 seasons on Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy, eventually becoming executive producer while earning three Emmy nominations: one for Outstanding Comedy Series and two for Outstanding Animated Program. He co-wrote the feature films Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West with MacFarlane and Alec Sulkin. Wild also served as co-executive producer on the MacFarlane-created series The Orville.
Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register said, “From his impressive run on Family Guy to his notable list of credits, Wellesley knows how to produce quality animation and entertain audiences. The amazing work he is currently doing on Animaniacs is just one example of the versatile storytelling he brings to the Studio. This will be invaluable as we continue to expand our programming focus into more areas, including adult animation.”
Wild shared, “Warner Bros. Animation has provided the support, flexibility and passion that top the wish list of any creator, so I’m thrilled to continue our relationship and adding to the legacy of this storied studio.”
Wild is repped by Clifford Murray at Management 360 and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP.
Source: Warner Bros. Animation
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.