A ten-episode, half-hour female-driven dramedy, starring Elizabeth Olsen is coming to Facebook Watch. Facebook Watch is a video platform where episodic content, community and conversation come together. The plot and title for this Elizabeth Olsen Facebook Series are being kept under wraps. Here's what Elizabeth Olsen had to say about the series order in a statement.
"I couldn't be prouder of the group we have brought together for this show. Kit's story has been near and dear to me for years and I can't wait to share our dark, funny, and complicated show with the world."
Topping off a year of headline-grabbing turns in Wind River, Ingrid Goes West and Marvel's Avengers franchise, Elizabeth Olsen will star and executive produce the series created and written by Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything). The series order marks the first time that Olsen has executive produced a series. James Ponsoldt, who executive produced and directed the pilot for the acclaimed Netflix series Master of None (as well as features like The Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour) is executive producing and directing the pilot and multiple episodes of the series.
Award winning writer Lizzy Weiss, creator of the Peabody award winning Switched at Birth, has signed on as showrunner. The series will also be executive produced by Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf for Big Beach TV, and Cynthia Pett, Brad Petrigala, and Jon Liebman for Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Big Beach TV, a subsidiary of independent film powerhouse Big Beach, will serve as the studio. Award winning casting director Avy Kaufman (The Night Of, Damages, The Alienist, Life of Pi) has signed on to cast the series.
Writer and creator Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything) is a nationally-produced and award-winning playwright whose debut graphic novel Quince was published this fall. She is also adapting the memoir Mad About Men for television with Sundial Pictures. Weiss is the creator and executive producer of the Peabody-award winning drama Switched at Birth, which ran for five seasons and over 100 episodes on Freeform. In addition to the Peabody, the show also won a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award, the Imagen Award, an Alma Award, the American Scene Award, the Hollywood, Health & Society's Sentinel Award, and the NAD's Series Breakthrough Award. Weiss has personally won the Gracie Award, honoring programming created by women for women. Weiss also wrote the surf girl hit Blue Crush.
Big Beach TV is currently in production on the Starz series Vida from showrunner Tanya Saracho, whose next project Brujas they are also developing. They have several other shows in development including Gorilla and the Bird with Channing Tatum's Free Association. On the feature side, Big Beach recently had two world premieres at Sundance 2018: Puzzle and White Fang and the company's Beachside division will world premiere The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Puzzle sold worldwide rights to to Sony Pictures Classics on the heels of the premiere. TriStar Pictures recently acquired worldwide rights to Big Beach's You Are My Friend, based on the life of Fred Rogers, to be directed by Marielle Heller and star Tom Hanks as Rogers.
Elizabeth Olsen is represented by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern. James Ponsoldt is represented by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein, & Selz. Kit Steinkellner is represented by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson and Abramson. Facebook Watch is available on mobile, desktop, and Facebook's TV apps.