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Amber Ruffin & Jenny Hagel Strike Overall Deal With Universal Television & Launch Production Company Straight To Cards

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EXCLUSIVE: Amber Ruffin and her writing/producing partner Jenny Hagel are expanding their relationship with NBCUniversal.The pair, who are behind Peacock’s late-night variety series The Amber Ruffin Show, have struck an overall deal with Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.The duo, who also write on Late Night with Seth Meyers, will develop and produce series for the studio.They are also launching their own production company – Straight To Cards.

They have hired Justin McGriff, who is a producer on The Amber Ruffin show, as a creative executive for the company. He has been tasked to “make cool shit, with nice people”.

The company is also looking to expand the team with an LA-based development executive.Ruffin and Hagel met years ago at a short-lived Second City outpost in Denver, where they performed in a show called How I Lost My Denvirginity (“it was heralded as the show that sunk Second City Denver”).

After a few years away, they reconnected on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where they have become integral members of the NBC show.Ruffin told Deadline recently that she has a number of projects in the works, including Aunties, which comes from The Amber Ruffin Show writer Shantira Jackson.

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