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Comedy Central Signs First-Look Deal with Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson

The twosome are known for creating amazing work

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With the final season of “Broad City” quickly approaching, Comedy Central is keeping Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson close at hand. The network announced this week that it has signed a comprehensive development deal with the talented duo, including a ‘first look’ at content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson. Interestingly enough, this deal is for any content created/developed by both of them together, or independently.

The deal with the multitalented creators, stars, directors and showrunners of the hit series “Broad City,” which will return for its fifth and final season in early 2019, also extends across all of parent company Viacom’s television networks. Three projects already in development at Comedy Central under the new deal include Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals.

“Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana may appear to be aimless and full of hair-brained schemes, but Abbi and Ilana IRL have proven to be stellar creator/writer/performer/director/producers. Their supreme focus on telling new stories, in new worlds, with new talent is nearly scary,” said Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central.

“Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost ten years, since we started as a web series. It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City’s always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways,” said Glazer and Jacobson.

In addition to her work on Broad City, for which she received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series,” Ilana Glazer last year starred on the big screen opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sony Pictures’ comedy, Rough Night, directed by Lucia Aniello. Glazer was also seen in the film The Night Before opposite Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, is executive producing the upcoming Warner Bros. and BuzzFeed motion picture Brother Orange starring Jim Parsons. This past fall, Glazer and 2 Dope Queens star Phoebe Robinson toured across North America for their ‘YQY’ (Yaaas Queen Yaaas) tour and will bring the show back to New York for additional performances later this year. Glazer trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater where she and Jacobson met.

Abbi Jacobson’s most-recent film, the Netflix Original 6 Balloons in which she stars alongside Dave Franco, premiered at this year’s SXSW film festival and will begin streaming on Netflix on April 6. Jacobson voiced “Nya” in the animated Warner Bros. film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, opposite Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan and Fred Armisen, and also appeared in the Dustin Guy Defa directed film, Person to Person, opposite Michael Cera and Michaela Watkins, and Universal’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Additionally, Jacobson will give voice to “Bean” in the Netflix series Disenchantment, a new epic fantasy animated series from Matt Groening set to release in 2018.

Off screen, Jacobson hosts A Piece of Work podcast with WNYC and MoMA, in which she discusses modern and contemporary art in lively conversations with curators, artists, and friends including Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul and Questlove, and in October will be releasing a new book.