Mike Merrill to Executive Produce IPO Series with Amazon and Sony Pictures Television

Amazon is developing a series inspired by the true story of a man who sold shares of himself to investors, Variety has learned.

In a competitive situation, Amazon has landed the project, titled “JNNA.” It is described as a half-hour comedy about the next big investment craze — humans. It is inspired by Mike Merrill, who decided to sell 100,000 shares of himself at $1 a piece. In return for the investment, shareholders got to vote on decisions he made with his life.

The series hails from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Andrew Guest will serve as writer and executive producer on the project. Matt Tolmach, former co-head of production for Sony Pictures, will executive produce along with David Manpearl via Matt Tolmach Productions. Merrill and Nick Van Der Kolk will co-executive produce.

Joe Otterson, Variety

Amazon has put in development JNNA, a half-hour comedy from Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer-producer Andrew Guest, from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV.

Written by Guest, JNNA is a half-hour comedy about the next big investment craze…humans.

Guest executive produces with Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl via Matt Tolmach Productions.. Nick Van Der Kolk and Mike Merrill co-executive produce.
The project is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV.

Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski, Deadline