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Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij Ink Deal With ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister

Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij Ink Deal With ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister

The creative partners behind FX’s A Murder at the End of the World, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, are joining up with independent producer Sister.

Marling and Zal Batmanglij have signed a multi-year deal — a “creative partnership,” in Sister’s terms — to develop and produce TV and film projects for the company. Sister, headed by CEO Cindy Holland, has produced Netflix’s Eric, HBO’s Chernobyl and Sky and AMC’s Gangs of London, among other projects.

“We’re excited to build new worlds in film and TV with the incredible team at Sister,” Marling said in a statement. “Cindy Holland has been behind some of the most radical narrative leaps in the business, which we witnessed firsthand at Netflix. With the arrival of algorithmic storytelling — both in the programming directives and the authorship of the stories themselves — it’s more important than ever for outside the box thinkers to band together and make innovative, original works that look forward rather than backwards. We can think of no better partners than the hive mind at Sister to dive into the future with.”

Holland, formerly the head of TV content at Netflix, worked with Marling and Batmanglij on the streamer’s series The OA. She joined Sister, which was founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Jane Featherstone and Stacey Snider, in July 2023 after Snider decided to step away from the company.  

“Brit and Zal are wildly imaginative, ambitious, and deeply thoughtful partners, and I am excited to work with them again,” said Holland. “Their ability to build worlds and ground their work in humanity is inspiring, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the community of artists at Sister.”

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In addition to A Murder at the End of the World and The OA — for which they earned Writers Guild Award nominations — Marling and Batmanglij also co-wrote the feature films Sound of My Voice and The East. Batmanglij directed and Marling acted in all four projects; Marling also helmed two episodes of A Murder at the End of the World. They were executive producers of both series.

Marling and Batmanglij are repped by CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush at Hansen Jacobson.

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