The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Thursday that Tyler, The Creator and his producing partner, Lionel Boyce, have signed a contract to develop new TV projects for Sony Pictures Television under their Bald Face Productions banner.
According to the Hollywood Reporter article, the deal calls for both scripted and unscripted concepts on television and digital platforms. No specific new projects were announced on Thursday, so this isn't the duo selling anything to Sony; rather, they're being hired to develop something new exclusively for the studio.
Tyler, The Creator is no stranger to working in television, the 27-year-old rapper and producer co-created, starred and composed the music for the Adult Swim sketch comedy series "Loiter Squad," which ran for three seasons from 2012 to 2015. He then returned to Adult Swim in 2017 as the co-creator and producer of the animated series "The Jellies," which latest season is slated to premiere next year. He stars in the Viceland reality show "Nuts and Bolts", and also directed commercials for Mountain Dew.
But this will be a brand new venture with Sony, which also produces series like Starz's historical drama "Outlander," ABC's reality series "Shark Tank" and its spinoff "Beyond The Tank," and NBC's action-adventure show "Timeless." Their studio can place a show on almost any major network, and will give Tyler, The Creator's next TV projects a lot more exposure than he's ever had before.
What does this mean for his rap career? There wouldn't seem to be a huge effect for music fans; even with all of his other projects, Tyler still released his latest solo album Flower Boy in 2017 and has also announced a new collaborative project with A$AP Rocky. Unless Sony signs off on multiple TV ideas, he should still have plenty of time to make new music. He's also scheduled to tour through February, so while he's breaking back into TV, his music isn't going anywhere.
For more on Tyler, The Creator, visit his artist page at AXS.