Netflix inks first-look deal with David E Talbert and Lyn Sisson-Talbert
James R | On 29, Mar 2021
David E Talbert and Lyn Sisson-Talbert have signed a first-look deal to write, direct and produce movies for Netflix.
The deal with the Talbert’s production company, Golden Alchemy, follows the success of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Netflix’s first original live-action musical. David wrote, directed and produced the hit film, which was also produced by Lyn. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey led the nominations for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards with 10 nods, including Outstanding Motion Picture. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences also shortlisted the film for Oscar contention in three categories: Original Song, Original Score and Makeup and Hairstyling.
Previously, David directed, wrote and executive produced the hit feature film Almost Christmas for Universal. He also directed, wrote and produced Baggage Claim for Fox Searchlight and First Sunday for Sony Pictures. Upon their releases, each film debuted as the #1 comedy in the US. But he also no stranger to Netflix, having helmed the streamer’s festive flick El Camino Christmas.
Lyn has orchestrated many original films, theatrical productions and books. Most recently, she authored two children’s books as companions to Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – the middle-grade book Jingle Jangle: The Invention of Jeronicus Jangle and the illustrated children’s book, The Square Root of Possible: A Jingle Jangle Story. Both books were published by Penguin-Random House in 2020.
Prior to her work on Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Lyn executive produced Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim, and El Camino Christmas, among others. Lyn also has a keen eye for costume design and received the NAACP Costume Designer of the Year Award for her work on Love Makes Things Happen.
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix Films, comments: “David and Lyn are a one-of-a-kind filmmaking team, with an eye for entertaining and a vision for inclusive storytelling. With Jingle Jangle, they created an instant holiday classic and welcomed us into their family and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them join ours.”
Talbert adds: “Working with Scott Stuber, Tendo Nagenda, Nick Nesbitt and the entire Netflix team was a filmmaker’s dream. Lyn and I have never been more inspired to put the band back together to create event films that are culturally relevant and globally entertaining.”