OWN ANNOUNCES NEW DRAMA SERIES FROM ACADEMY AWARD -WINNING ‘MOONLIGHT’ WRITER/PRODUCER TARELL ALVIN
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new one-hour drama series from Tarell Alvin McCraney,
Marking his first television series, McCraney
Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the lyrical drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.
“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I knew this was something special
“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice,” said Tarell Alvin McCraney.
“From the moment Tarell began discussing his profoundly moving story with us, we knew we needed to find a courageous home to nurture his extraordinary vision. No one is better equipped to do that than Oprah Winfrey and her talented team,” said Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.
“Being young, gifted and black in America today and anywhere for that matter makes it extremely hard and challenging to follow your dreams and achieve success,” said Michael B. Jordan. “Tarell’s adaptation of this reality was so honest and true and it’s the exact message our youth needs today.”
Playwright, actor and producer Tarell Alvin
McCraney’s series will join OWN’s expanded lineup of premium scripted programming. The network most recently announced the new dramedy “Love Is __” from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil adding to its roster of current top-rated dramas “
The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
McCraney is represented by CAA, Corinne Hayoun at MANAGE-MENT, and attorney Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. Kelley and Loy are both represented by CAA and attorney Harris Hartman at Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Michael B. Jordan is represented by WME and attorney Greg Slewett at Bloom Hergott.
About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, American Woman for Paramount Network, Famous in Love for Freeform, Fuller House and Longmire for Netflix, Krypton for Syfy, Lov
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