The deal, which was first signed in 2019, made it so Teller Ornelas would develop and create new broadcasts across broadcast, cable and streaming. The extension continues that pact, although the studio (a division of Universal Studio Group) did not share details on the length of the extension.
“I am elated to continue this wonderful partnership with Universal Television,” said Ornelas. “Pearlena [Igbokwe], Erin [Underhill], Jim [Donnelly] and Megan [Macmillan] have all given me immense support and are honestly the most solid humans around.”
In addition to “Rutherford Falls,” which launched its first season in April on Peacock and will soon start Season 2, Ornelas is also working on Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard’s upcoming, still untitled comedy for Apple TV Plus, starring Maya Rudolph. That series is also produced by Universal Television.
“Sierra is an incredibly ambitious and passionate writer and producer who brings a sense of purpose and infectious comedic wit to everything she touches,” said Erin Underhill, president, Universal Television. “From her time on ‘Superstore’ to recently as co-creator of ‘Rutherford Falls,’ she’s been terrific to work with, and we are grateful and excited to continue our partnership with her at UTV.”
Prior to “Rutherford Falls,” Ornelas worked with co-creator Michael Schur on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She served as a writer and co-executive producer on NBC’s “Superstore” and ABC’s “Splitting Up Together”; she was a writer and co-producer on “Selfie” and a writer and story editor on Fox’s “Surviving Jack” and ABC’s “Happy Endings.”
Ornelas is repped by United Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Tara Kole.
Variety's Danielle Turchiano contributed to this post.