*Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit shingle is releasing “Brotherly Love,” a drama set in the City of Brotherly Love, according to Deadline.com.
In West Philadelphia, born-and-raised basketball star Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill Jr.) deals with the early pressures of fame. Alongside older brother June (Cory Hardrict), who lost his own hoop dreams to the streets to provide for the family after their father’s death, and sister Jackie (“CrazySexyCool‘s” Keke Palmer), whose own musical ambitions are sidetracked by love, Sergio faces life-altering decisions on the streets of Philly known as “The Top” and “The Bottom.”
The film, written and directed by Jamal Hill, is set against the backdrop of Philly’s famed Overbrook High School, whose real-life alumni include Will Smith and Wilt Chamberlain.
Flavor Unit Entertainment, Jacavi Films, and Electric Republic are producing with Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Yaneley Arty, Jacob York, and Rene Garcia aboard as exec producers.
Romeo Miller, Logan Browning, Eric Hill, Quincy Brown, Faizon Love, Macy Gray, and Malik Yoba also star.
*Queen Latifah continues to make power moves in Hollywood.
Deadline.com is reporting that she has signed with CAA for representation following a long stint with WME.
The musician, Oscar-nominated actress, label president and author just recently launched her new daytime talker, “The Queen Latifah Show.” Latifah is producing it through her Flavor Unit Entertainment production company with partner Shakim Compere, and Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith, Jada Smith, and James Lassiter.
Latifah had been a longtime client of Randi Michel at WME. This move happens after Michel transitioned to Principato Young as a manager. She still reps Latifah, according to Deadline.com.
Among Flavor Unit’s credits are “Steel Magnolias,” which Latifah starred in and became Lifetime’s third most-watched telecast, and HBO’s “Life Support,” for which Latifah won a Golden Globe Award and got an Emmy nom.
Latifah remains repped by her Flavor Unit partner Shakim Compere and Principato Young and her attorney is Stewart Levy of Eisenberg Tanchum & Levy.
Actress Queen Latifah arrives at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*Netflix, Inc. and Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, today announced an exclusive licensing agreement for movies in the U.S., reports Deadline.com.
In the first-look deal, Netflix will have its pick of movies that will debut on the world’s leading Internet television subscription service shortly after their theatrical release from the company that produced box office hits like “Bringing Down the House” and “Beauty Shop.”
Beginning this spring, Netflix members can exclusively enjoy Flavor Unit titles including the thriller “House of Bodies,” starring Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda and “Percentage,” starring Ving Rhames, Cam’ron and Macy Gray.
“We are delighted to work with Queen Latifah to be the exclusive destination for what are sure to be relevant, entertaining movies,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “Queen Latifah has a long track record of creating hits and Flavor Unit Entertainment is a fresh and exciting voice in the industry.”
“Shakim and I are thrilled to do business with Netflix. Netflix is such a strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects,” said Queen Latifah.
Among a long line of hits, Flavor Unit is most recently responsible for producing the Lifetime Original Movie “Steel Magnolias” starring Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard, which became the third most-watched telecast ever on a network with 6.5 million viewers.
Nelly attends the 6th annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer gala at Cipriani Wall Street on April 26, 2012 in New York City
*Rapper Nelly will join singer Joe Jonas as the final two celebrity mentors to join The CW’s upcoming singing competition series “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep,” from executive producer Queen Latifah, along with executive producers Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) and Shakim Compere.
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Formerly titled “The Star Next Door,” the series will go on a nationwide search for undiscovered artists on the verge of stardom.
Mentors Jonas, Nelly, pop legend Gloria Estefan, and country star John Rich will travel to where the talent is, immersing themselves in the lives and towns of these local performers and preparing them for the chance to represent their home city on stage, live, in front of America.
“The Next” is produced by CBS’s Raquel Productions Inc., in association with 25/7 Productions, LLC and Flavor Unit Entertainment, Inc. The premiere date and time will be announced at a later date.
Queen Latifah attends the world premiere of "Joyful Noise" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA (.Jan. 9, 2012)
*Queen Latifah is bringing yet another talent competition show to television.
The CW has given a series order to “The Star Next Door,” which will feature mentors including Latifah, Gloria Estefan and John Rich traveling across the country looking for the best and brightest to compete and represent their home towns when they face-off in Hollywood.
Latifah will executive produce the series, alongside CBS’ Raquel Productions, 25/7 Productions and Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. Additional mentors will be announced at a later date.
“The Star Next Door,” which hails from Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”), joins a crowded field of music-themed reality competition series, including NBC’s “The Voice,’ Fox’s “The X Factor” and “American Idol,” the latter of which has seen its hold as the top-rated program this season in viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic fade.
The network has also ordered for its summer lineup “Breaking Pointe,” a behind-the-stage look at one of the nation’s most competitive ballet companies, Salt Lake City’s Ballet West; “The Catalina,” which revolves around the staff of the aptly named hotel in Miami’s South Beach, and musical chairs game show “Oh Sit!.”
*Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are bringing Queen Latifah back to daytime television.
Their Overbrook Entertainment production company has joined forces with Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television to produce a new daytime syndicated talk show to be hosted by the actress/rapper/singer, according to USA Today’s Gary Levin.
Latifah previously teamed with Warner Bros.’ TelePictures for a talk show that lasted two seasons, from 1999-2001.
Her Overbrook-produced talk show is set to bow in 2013.