“CODA” writer and director Siân Heder has signed a comprehensive, multi-year agreement with Apple, the streamer said on Wednesday.
As part of the deal, Apple will get a first look at its features, as well as an exclusive deal for series written and developed by Heder.
In January, Apple bought Heder’s movie “CODA” for a record $ 25 million after an intense bidding war. Heder wrote and directed the drama about a teenage girl who is the only hearing person in her deaf family and who is stuck keeping her fishing business afloat. It starred Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, Amy Forsyth, Kevin Chapman and Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin. Apple and Heder also collaborated on the critically acclaimed “Little America” series.
Heder is currently executive producer and co-showrunner on “Little America”. His other credits include writing and producing for “Orange is the New Black” and writing for “Men of a Certain Age,” which earned him a Peabody Award. She has also directed episodes of “GLOW”, “Orange is the New Black”, “The Path” and “Little America”. Her feature debut, “Tallulah,” starred Elliot Page and Allison Janney and premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Heder joins Apple’s list of storytellers which includes Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Jon Stewart, Idris Elba, Alfonso Cuarón, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lee Eisenberg, Tracy Oliver and Simon Kinberg, among others. Apple has also made major deals with companies such as Sikelia Productions by Martin Scorsese, Appian Way by Leonardo DiCaprio, Green Door Pictures by Elba, Scott Free Productions by Ridley Scott, A24 and Imagine Documentaries.
Heder is represented by ICM Partners, Mosaic Media Group and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.