Tyler Perry is expanding his content offerings with BET, with two new original series for it streaming service Bet+. Tyler Perry’s Bruh examines the world of dating career and friendship in a present-day society for a group of 30-something college friends. Tyler Perry’s Ruthless, a spin-off the linear series Tyler Perry’s The Oval, follows a young woman named Ruth into the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult. Both projects are written, directed and executive produced by Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as executive producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios. “Our landmark partnership with Tyler Perry is off to a fantastic start with the breakout success of The Oval, the #1 scripted series on cable, and Sistas,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “We’re thrilled that Tyler has created these two exciting new series exclusively for our rapidly growing streaming service, BET+. Bruh and Ruthless will join BET+’s other hit original series, including Tracy Oliver’s First Wives Club, Will Packet’s Bigger and BET’s American Gangster, and allow us to continue to super serve our subscribers’ demand for premium original African American content.”
Does Univision Communications have a buyer? Spanish-language media company Hemisphere Media, private-equity firm Platimum Equity and former Viacom Inc. CFO Wade Davis have all expressed interest in acquiring the company, reports the Wall Street Journal. In July, Univision said its board was “reviewing strategic options.”
Former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has taken a stake in a production company working in the global TV market that’s majority owned by Legendary. Legendary recently has been bolstering its television development, and having Albrecht—and his contacts on the production and talent side— is expected to boost the team. Albrecht left Starz in February.
Jimmy Kimmel’s hidden camera prank show Revenge Of the Nerd (working title) got an eight-ep order from Discovery. Series, which hails from the Kimmelot Banner, will star former NASA engineer-cum-YouTube personality Mark Rober and be exec-produced by Kimmel and Rober. The duo will scour the planet to catch evil-doers in the act, and punish them […]
The NFL announced the ninth #NFL100 Experiences of a Lifetime contest— “Disney MVP Experience”—which will send one fan and three guests to Disney World to participate in the Super Bowl Celebration Parade. In addition to riding down Main Street U.S.A. in the parade, the winner also will receive a chance to stay in Cinderella’s Castle […]
Beer and hockey continue to be hot topics this week. Yesterday (December 18), Yuengling became the official sponsor of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center in a multiyear deal that includes a branded restaurant—the Yuengling 1829 Club—on the arena’s suite level 1. It’s the company’s first branded space inside a sporting venue. The sponsorship […]