Rachel Maddow has renewed her contract with NBCUniversal according to reports. Maddow has been the top anchor for the company’s MSNBC channel for several years. The new contract reportedly includes a multi-year deal that will allow Maddow to develop additional projects for the company.
Maddow had brought in Ari Emanuel and Mark Shapiro — the CEO and president, respectively, of talent agency Endeavor — to assist in negotiations with NBCUniversal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Maddow is the first of MSNBC’s top anchors to have renewed their contract under the leadership of Rashida Jones, who became president of the network in February of this year.
Many details of the final deal have not been revealed. However, Maddow will now have the freedom to create a variety of programs on a variety of platforms from NBCUniversal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Rachel Maddow Show is MSNBC’s No. 1 in ratings. The program, on weeknights at 9 p.m., features a mix of news and opinion — one much enjoyed by liberals.
In addition to her MSNBC program, Maddow wrote or co-wrote three nonfiction books since 2012, including last year's Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House, about former vice president Spiro Agnew.
The former Rhodes Scholar got her start in radio before transitioning to television. Her show was launched 13 years ago. Her coverage of the Trump presidential administration helped MSNBC regularly beat CNN and, occasionally, Fox News in ratings. While news networks' ratings have slumped post-Trump, the out anchor continues to prop up her network.