Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is teaming up with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to create a new $70 million (£57 million) TV series.
Matthew, whose 1960s advertising drama became one of the biggest TV hits of the last decade and turned its star Jon Hamm into a household name, has signed the mammoth deal with Harvey's The Weinstein Company and executives at Internet giant Amazon.
The eight-episode series will reportedly be set in the present day and will be filmed in locations around the world. It is set to premiere on Amazon's video steaming service.
"I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with risk takers like them (Amazon) and Harvey and The Weinstein Company, who have a proven, longstanding commitment to creative voices and innovation," Matthew told Deadline.com.
He will reportedly write the new series and direct roughly half of the first season's episodes.
"We are thrilled to be working with Matthew Weiner on his new project," Harvey said. "He is an incredible storyteller whose work on Mad Men elevated television and kick started a new era of innovative programming with compelling and addicting television content. We're looking forward to creating the next big series with him."
An official air date for the series has yet to be announced. Matthew is also set to release his debut novel, Heather, The Totality, next year (17).
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