Lena Waithe scores Showtime first-look deal

Lena Waithe attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(CNN)Lena Waithe is making a home for herself at Showtime.

The Emmy-winning writer and producer has signed a so-called first-look deal with the premium cable network, giving the home of her series "The Chi" first crack at other scripted series she may be looking to develop.
Showtime said Waithe will work through her company Hillman Grad Productions.
"We fell in love with Lena's voice when we ordered her pilot for 'The Chi' three years ago, and we have watched in awe at her powerful impact on our industry