Writer, director and producer Gina Atwater is going into business with Netflix with a new global multi-year deal. Under the deal, Atwater will create, produce and write new series and other projects, focusing on premium content across multiple genres that bring traditionally under-represented characters to the fore.
For his first project, Atwater writes an adaptation of Jordan Ifueko’s bestselling YA fantasy Raybearer, which is in development at Netflix. The project originated from Sugar23 and Macro Television Studios.
“Gina is a triple threat as a writer, director and producer and we’re excited to be working with her,” said Matt Thunell, Netflix vice president, Overall Deals. “Her experiences in creating fearless, character-centric work amid complex fantasy worlds make her the perfect writer to take on the world of Raybearer.”
Atwater is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and received his MA in Film from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. After the success of his student short film Crossing, which she wrote and directed, Atwater got her start in the business working for JJ Abrams at Bad Robot working on features like Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Mission Impossible: The Rogue Nation, among others. She was in the writers’ room for three seasons on the HBO series Westworld, where she wrote the episode “Riddle of the Sphinx” critically acclaimed as her episodic debut. She was also part of the creative team that won multiple Emmy Awards for developing the Delos’ internal ‘world’ rules for interactive media and Westworld fan engagement content.
“It is an absolute privilege to join the Netflix family,” said Atwater. “I’m grateful to be able to collaborate with a company that shares my passion for pursuing bold and innovative stories that give underrepresented characters a place to shine in the prestigious space.”
Atwater is replaced by CAA, The Mission Entertainment and Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman.