“Mad Men” Creator Plans Amazon Series

“Mad Men” creator and key “The Sopranos” writer Matthew Weiner is returning to television with a high-profile and currently untitled new series which has landed at The Weinstein Company and Amazon after a heated bidding war.

The companies have made a $70 million commitment which includes an eight-episode straight-to-series order which they will co-finance. The project is described as a contemporary anthology series set in multiple locations worldwide.

Weiner is creating, writing and executive producing and is expected to direct about half the episodes in the first season. Weiner tells Deadline:

“In a time when there are so many options for entertainment, it’s been tremendous to see how Roy Price and Amazon have taken center stage by distinguishing themselves through bold choices. I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with risk takers like them and Harvey and The Weinstein Company who have a proven, longstanding commitment to creative voices and innovation.”

No word as to when the new series might air.