Empire director and executive producer Sanaa Hamri signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the agreement, Hamri will continue to work on Empire, and will also develop new projects, direct pilots, and continue to direct episodic television for the studio.

“Sanaa’s an extraordinarily talented director with a deep and unique understanding of pop culture, earned from years of establishing herself in the music video scene as both an editor and director, said Jonnie Davis, President of Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox TV. “She’s a creative force of nature, able to translate bold material seamlessly to the screen, and is simply one of the most current and relevant directors working in television today. We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with her, continuing her role as executive producer and director on Empire, while ensuring that she’ll be able to bring her talent and vision to a variety of other studio projects.”

Hamri has been with Empire from the show’s launch in 2015, starting as co-executive and rising to executive producer. She traveled from the town of Tangier, Morocco to pursue her dreams as an actress. After endless auditions, she started working at a post production company, and taught herself how to edit while assisting cinematographer Malik Sayeed. This newfound skill set created the foundation that allowed her to become a go-to music-video editor and director. After directing music videos for some of the best musicians of our generation, Hamri then went on to direct her first feature film titled Something New alongside producer Stephanie Allain starring Sanaa Lathan,The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and Just Write alongside producer Debra Martin Chase starring Queen Latifah.