UMC – Urban Movie Channel Nabs Exclusive SVOD Rights for OWN’s BLACK LOVE Docuseries

Following its record premiere ratings on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network last summer, UMC – Urban Movie Channel, the first premium subscription streaming service created for fans of African American and urban content, is excited to announce that it has acquired exclusive SVOD rights for the popular docuseries, BLACK LOVE.   Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie… Read More

Morris Chestnut To Executive Produce and Star in Bomb Squad Drama

Morris Chestnut may be making a comeback at Fox with a  bomb squad drama in which he is the star and executive producer.   With a script written by CSI’s Carol Mendelsohn the would-be series, titled The Long Walk, is based on the upcoming novel, The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry.   Here’s the plot:  … Read More

Cedric The Entertainer and George Lopez on “Comedy Get Down”

Paley hosted Cedric The Entertainer and George Lopez for a screening and panel discussion for BET’s latest TV show “The Comedy Get Down.” The conversation was moderated by actress Yvette Nicole Brown at the Paley Center for the Arts in Beverly Hills.   “The Comedy Get Down” as described by Lopez, is a “semi-fictional and… Read More

Regina King to Direct an Episode is “This Is Us”

Regina King is undoubtedly one of the hardest working women in the business and she’s adding another duty to her schedule.   She’s directing an upcoming episode of the hit NBC drama, This Is Us.   Aside from her acting career, King is an in-demand director, and has directed episodes of Scandal, Pitch, Greenleaf, Being… Read More

Hulu is recreating ABC’s TGIF lineup, including ‘Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper’ and ‘Family Matters’

Hulu has acquired the rights to all of the shows from ABC’s classic “TGIF” lineup including Full House, Family Matters, Step By Step, Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.   That’s right. You’ll be able to see some of your favorite shows from back in the day on Hulu!   hey plan to promote… Read More

NBC execs on ‘The Carmichael Show’ cancellation: “It was hard to find a stable audience”

After a question from a reporter, NBC execs talked about the cancellation of The Carmichael Show on Thursday at the TCA press tour.   NBC opted not to renew the show for a fourth season.   “I think the collective decision was maybe it’s best to let the show end. I have to say personally… Read More

Discovery Communications And Universal Pictures Join With Producer Will Packer To Form Will Packer Media

Leading Hollywood producer Will Packer has partnered with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures to form Will Packer Media, a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company.   The venture will focus on the New American Mainstream audience, with an urban millennial core that is defining and driving pop culture at large. Packer, who has had nine… Read More

TV One Names Michelle Rice Interim General Manager As Brad Siegel Exits As President

There’s a change at top of the leadership ranks at TV One. Effective immediately, TV One vet Michelle Rice will be the Interim General Manager of the 13-year-old entertainment and lifestyle network targeting Black adults. She succeeds Brad Siegel, who is exiting as President of TV One.   Siegel, who served in the role as… Read More

Oprah Winfrey Network Orders Drama Series From Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has given a series order to “Love Is __,” a new drama from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. The Akils will create and executive produce the series through their company Akil Productions. Mara Brock Akil will serve as showrunner. The series, which had previously been in development at ABC as… Read More

BET Announces Leadership Appointments

Following an eventful last 6 months for the network (star Gabrielle Union’s “Being Mary Jane” lawsuit, Stephen Hill exiting his spot as president of programming, EVP of Original Programming Zola Mashariki filing a discrimination lawsuit against the network, and the shutting down of its flagship offices in Washington, DC, moving to New York City), BET… Read More