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‘Koala Man’ Showrunners Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit Sign New Deal With 20th TV Animation

Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, showrunners of the new Hulu/Star adult animated series “Koala Man,” have signed a new deal with 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature.  The new multi-year deal also now includes developing live-action projects with ABC Signature.

Hernandez and Samit developed “Koala Man” for Hulu and Disney+ and executive produced along with Michael Cusack and Justin Roiland. Under the deal, Hernandez and Samit will create new animated and live-action series under their shingle Hermit House for all platforms.

The duo is currently in development on Talk Nerdy to Me, a workplace comedy set for CBS from ABC Signature and they created and executive produced Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion for Disney Branded Television.  They are also set to write Disney’s upcoming film featuring the character Figment from Seth Rogen’s Point Grey. They have other projects in the works with Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures as well.

Hernandez and Samit’s other credits include Pokemon Detective Pikachu and Addams Family 2.

“Dan and Benji are wildly talented writers with a truly unique sensibility and a hilarious voice,” 20th TV Animation exec VP Marci Proietto and ABC Signature president Jonnie Davis said in a joint statement. “We have been obsessed with their work for years and are very excited to continue our relationship in animation with them, and are thrilled to expand their development into live-action within our studio.”

“We’re so excited to expand our creative partnership with 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature,” Hernandez and Samit said in a statement. “Working with Marci Proietto and Chris Cikowski as well as Jonnie Davis and Tracy Underwood has been a dream come true. We hope we can be together forever, or at least until the kids go to college.”

Source: Variety

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