Showtime Signs ‘The L Word’ Showrunner To Exclusive Development Deal

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“I so look forward to developing my own projects as well as shepherding new, progressive creatives into the Showtime flock as we work together to diversify the kinds of stories that get told.” 

Marja Lewis-Ryan, showrunner and executive producer for “The L Word: Generation Q” has been signed to a deal by which she will develop projects exclusively for Showtime. 

The announcement came today from Showtime’s Presidents of Entertainment, Gary Levine and Jana Winograde. 

“Marja is our Shohei Ohtani … a gifted two-way player who is both an exceptional writer and an inventive director,” Levine said in a statement. “I love the energy, the perspective and the fun she brings to “The L Word: Generation Q,” and I look forward to the upcoming season of that series and other inspired creations from her.” 

In the statement, Ryan said that she is “thrilled to have a home” at the network. “Their support of my vision for “The L Word: Generation Q” has been absolutely extraordinary. I so look forward to developing my own projects as well as shepherding new, progressive creatives into the Showtime flock as we work together to diversify the kinds of stories that get told.” 

Prior to joining “The L Word: Generation Q,” Ryan, who is a playwright, wrote, directed, and produced productions of her original works and an Off-Broadway rendition of David Mamet’s “The Anarchist.” Her upcoming projects include an untitled dance series executive produced by Sandra Bullock, John Legend, and Akiva Goldsman, and a remake of the 1984 film, “Splash” starring Jillian Bell and Channing Tatum. 

“The L Word: Generation Q” is set to premiere on Showtime on demand August 6, and live on August 8.


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