EXCLUSIVE: TV writer and playwright Melanie Marnich (Big Love, The Affair) has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Marnich will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside screenwriter Alice Bell on Amazon’s upcoming drama series The Expatriates, from Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films. She’ll also develop new TV series for Amazon Studios to premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video.
“We’re so excited to work with a producer and writer as gifted as Melanie,” said Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “She is a fantastic fit with not only The Expatriates, but with the many creatively distinct and innovative voices we have at Amazon Studios. We are thrilled to have her join us.”
The Expatriates is based on the book by Janet Y.K. Lee. Set against the sensational backdrop of “The Vertical City” of Hong Kong, the drama series explores the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community: where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary, and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly—then retold with glee.
The series is also executive produced by Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films and Theresa Park for POW! Productions, with Lee serving as Consulting Producer.
Marnich, a playwright, first ventured into TV as a writer on the HBO drama series Big Love, earning a WGA nomination for her work. As a co-executive producer on Showtime’s The Affair, she shared in the show’s drama series Golden Globe award. Marnich also served as a co-executive producer on Netflix series The OA and wrote on Showtime’s The Big C and Low Winter Sun at AMC, where she had an overall deal. A prolific playwright, Marnich has been honored with playwriting awards including the Mickey Kaplan American Play Prize and the Carbonell Award, among others.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Amazon world and excited for what we’ll work on together, starting with The Expatriates,” said Marnich. “It’s the perfect place and the ideal project for me right now, and I look forward to diving in with such a brilliant team.”
Marnich is repped by WME and Rise Management.