Molly Smith Metzler, creator and showrunner of Netflix’s critically acclaimed limited drama series Maid, expands its relationship with the streaming giant. Metzler has signed an overall multi-year deal under which she will write and executive produce new series and other projects at Netflix. Through her production banner Quiet Coyote, Metzler aims to create impactful and socially conscious content, with empowering roles for women, both on screen and behind the camera.

Metzler became a flagship product following the success of Maid, produced by Warner Bro. Television. She went to market in late 2021, meeting with studios and streamers about an overall deal. Netflix quickly established itself as a favorite and entered into serious negotiations with it.

Maid currently ranks in Netflix’s Top 10 Most Popular, with 469 million hours watched in its first 28 days. The series has earned 15 nominations to date, including SAG, Critics Choice and Writers Guild, and is recognized as one of AFI’s TV Programs of the Year.

Inspired by Stephanie Land’s bestselling memoir Maid: hard work, low pay and a mother’s will to survive, Maid, written by Metzler, centers on Alex, played by Margaret Qualley, a single mother who turns to housekeeping to make ends meet as she struggles with poverty, homelessness and bureaucracy. The series also stars Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose and Tracy Vila. It comes from John Wells Productions, Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and Warner Bros Television.

“I am honored to have worked closely with Molly over the years. As evidenced by his tremendous work on Maid, she’s a creative force and a gifted storyteller who knows how to be both profound and entertaining,” said Jinny Howe, VP, Drama Series Development, Netflix. “Bringing Maid onscreen was such a special collaboration – we’re proud of how it resonated culturally and look forward to Molly creating more impactful stories to come.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Metzler is the award-winning playwright of shout it out and Elemeno Pea, among others. In 2018, she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Playwrighting and the ATCA/Steinberg New Play Citation.

Prior to Maid, Metzler was a writer-producer on Showtime Shameless and writer on Netflix Orange is the new black. On the film side, Metzler has written scripts for feature films for Universal, Disney and Fox 2000. Currently, Metzler is writing a new play for the Kennedy Center and the Manhattan Theater Club.

Metzler said: “I am thrilled to join the Netflix family after what has already been a joyful and fulfilling partnership with Jinny Howe, who has given this playwright the opportunity to create Maid. From day one, my collaboration with the entire Netflix team has been open, creative, and extremely supportive. I’m honored to call Netflix my home and very excited to keep this party going!