Melissa Rosenberg helped make Jessica Jones a streaming superstar, but now the hard-drinking herculean PI will have to do without her. Rosenberg — who served as showrunner for the first two seasons and is finishing her work on the third — just signed a massive deal with Warner Bros Television and is leaving Netflix entirely.
If you were offered the kind of deal WB gave Rosenberg, you’d leave too. It’s a multi-year contract offering Rosenberg executive control over multiple shows, with a yearly salary in the millions. WB hasn’t said exactly what Rosenberg is meant to be in charge of, but we’re guessing it has to do with a future streaming venture. It couldn’t be The CW because Berlanti’s left no room for anyone else.
Mixed feelings here. One the one side, we can’t lose Rosenberg’s contributions to Jessica Jones because she was behind Season One. On the other side, Rosenberg was also behind Season Two, so she must go. After watching the assassination of multiple characters’ appeal through the course of that season, I’m not quite as broken up about this news as I would have been one year ago. I want to believe in Rosenberg, but she let all that….stuff happen.
Melissa released this statement after news of her departure from Netflix went public:
“All of my attention remains with the extraordinary cast, writers and production team of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, until the completion of season three. It continues to be a career highlight working with my partners at Marvel Television and Netflix.
We have so many talented storytellers in every area of this show, who I’m honored to call friends and collaborators. As I look ahead after this season, I’m thrilled that I will be able to explore new projects with the talented team at Warner Bros. Television and push myself in new challenging creative directions.”