Fox Entertainment has signed a premium blind script affect Girlfriends, the sport and Being pot creator Mara Brock Akil. Under the network-direct pact, announced at TCA, Brock Akil will develop and write a scripted series project, which can be produced by Fox Entertainment. The network, which has no full-fledged in-house studio, has been making select deals directly with talent. This past summer, Fox Entertainment signed an exclusive, broadcast-only overall affect Criminal Minds and teenage Wolf creator Jeff Davis.“Mara may be a truly gifted writer, with a robust point of view. From Girlfriends to the sport to Being pot , she’s a proven hitmaker with the unique ability to write down both comedy and drama,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Since the formation of Fox Entertainment, we’ve said we would like to be in business with the simplest and therefore the brightest, and nobody exemplifies that quite Mara Brock Akil.”Brock Akil is coming off an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, which yielded two series, Black Lightning on the CW (originally found out at Fox) and Love Is_ on OWN.
A prolific creator/showrunner, Brock Akil’s first hit, comedy Girlfriends, debuted in 2000 and ran for eight seasons on UPN and therefore the CW. While Girlfriends was still on the air, she created spinoff the sport , which quickly developed devoted fan following. It ran on the CW for 3 seasons before being canceled when the network got out of the half-hour comedy business. The show was later resurrected by BET where it aired for 6 more seasons.
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Brock Akil is currently developing an hourlong reboot of the sport for the CW. Her series creator credits also include popular BET drama Being pot starring Gabrielle Union. She is repped by attorney Stephen Barnes.