HBO Max strikes Charlize Theron TV deal, snags comedy series ‘The Middle’


HBO has struck a first-look deal with Hollywood A-lister Charlize Theron, while also continuing its frenetic acquired content activity.

Theron and her Denver & Delilah banner have struck a two-year deal with the WarnerMedia streamer and sibling HBO, which will see her develop projects for the network and SVOD.

The deal is focused only on TV projects and will be overseen by Andrew Haas at Denver & Deliliah, which has been behind shows including scripted series such as Mindhunter and motor show Hyperdrive.

The prodco, which previously had a deal with Universal Cable Productions, has also been behind movies including Monster, Atomic Blonde and Young Adult.

The Middle

Maxing out on The Middle

In related news, HBO Max has picked up exclusive US streaming rights to hit family comedy show The Middle.

The deal covers all nine seasons (215 episodes) of the show, which was produced by HBO Max sibling Warner Bros. TV and Blackie and Blondie Productions. Some seasons had previously been available via Hulu, as well as on Amazon’s AVOD streamer IMDb TV.

The pick-up between the WarnerMedia-owned companies is the latest addition for HBO Max, which has also bought a slew of international dramas. Most recently, it took exclusive US rights to BBC One’s 2019 hit The Trial Of Christine Keeler.

The Hollywood Reporter broke news of the Theron deal.

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