Mindy Kaling logs another big money payday after her latest deal with Warner Brothers. Kaling reportedly signed a six-year overall deal for $8.5 million per year, according to Deadline. The overall deal comes just weeks after the Mindy Project star broke records at Sundance selling her movie Late Night to Amazon for $13 million.
Warner Brothers’ TV production house won an apparent bidding war for the writer-producer-actress. Kaling had been at NBCUniversal for over 15 years before heading to the Warner Brothers lot.
Mindy Kaling flees NBCUniversal after 15 years
Kaling started out at NBC’s diversity writing program before writing on The Office’s first season—where she later played Kelly Kapoor. Universal Television, one branch of the NBCUniversal TV group, co-produced The Mindy Project from Kaling. NBC’s Hulu swept in to save The Mindy Project when Fox gave it a surprising ax after three seasons. The show lasted another three seasons until 2017. Her most recent project with Universal, Champions, lasted just one season at NBC.
The Ocean’s 8 star is in high demand. In addition to the all-female Ocean’s sequel, Kaling appeared in the Oprah Winfrey-led A Wrinkle In Time and voiced a character in the recent Ralph Breaks the Internet. Both of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers List.
The Warner Brothers deal directs Kaling to develop, write, and produce shows for “all platforms.” The deal is not limited to comedy series. She will create comedies, dramas, unscripted series, digital content—basically, anything Kaling comes up with belongs to Warner Brothers TV Group. Warner Bros. will then shop her ideas around to broadcast television, cable channels, and streaming services.
What’s next for Mindy Kaling?
Fans of the comedian can next see her in Late Night starring opposite Emma Thompson. Late Night is about a late night talk show host, Katherine Newbury (Thompson), who hires a female writer (Kaling) when on the verge of losing her show.