March 8, 2018
Upstart over-the-top video service Facebook Watch reportedly has signed two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds, Albert Nobbs) to original dark comedy, “Sorry For Your Loss,” also staring (and executive produced by) Elizabeth Olsen (Ingrid Goes West, Martha Marcy May Marlene).
McTeer plays a fitness-obsessed, overbearing mother to young widow Olsen trying to deal with grief, among other issues. The series also stars Kelly Marie Tran and Jovan Adepo.
Ad-supported Facebook Watch, which splits revenue (45%/55%) with content creators, launched last August. Facebook reportedly set aside $1 billion for original content production in 2018.
Earlier this week, Facebook Watch hired ex-Pinterest executive Mike Bidgoli to head the video product unit, in addition to Matthew Henick as head of content planning and strategy.
British-born McTeer is also starring in the second season of Netflix original series, “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as parents of two young children on the run from the drug cartel.
McTeer plays a Chicago based attorney with links to the cartel. In making a deal with the devil, she becomes a potential threat to the Byrde family.