*Martin Lawrence will star opposite Kelsey Grammer in “Braddock & Jackson,” a 10-episode comedy series from partners Lionsgate and cable channel FX, reports Deadline. The pair star as Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives, forcing each other to […]
*“Raising Hope‘s” Gary Anthony Williams and his writing partner Jeannie Roshar have sold their romantic comedy pitch “I Own You” to Lionsgate, with a story that centers on the comedic trials and tribulations of an interracial marriage turned upside down. The duo will co-write “I Own You” based on a 2008 short film of the […]
*Deadline.com is reporting that Lionsgate-owned company Debmar-Mercury is finalizing a deal with TV station owner E.W. Scripps to partner on a syndicated legal panel talk show that would feature Star Jones as one of the co-hosts. “There isn’t a full-fledged pilot for the project yet, but I hear segments with Jones have been filmed,” writes […]
*Lionsgate’s “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” is set to be released on DVD August 20 and EURweb has 5 copies to give away. A gripping historic account of the tumultuous events that befell African American activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis and her cohorts in the turbulent 1960s, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” […]
SANTA MONICA, CA (July 17, 2013) – Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) company, has acquired the rights to the popular Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree.
This captivating trilogy is a coming of age story that explores the journey of a young woman motivated by the material life who plunges into a fast-paced world of gratuitous sex, violence and heartbreak in an attempt to find herself and to assess her goals in life during the modern Hip-Hop era. The second book in the series, “For the Love of Money” won an NAACP Image Award (2001, Outstanding Book, Fiction).
Tyree’s books have been read by over 8 million people worldwide, and have grossed more than $30 million for publishing giant Simon & Schuster. His brand is one of the most talked about in the urban community, and his products can be found in 12 countries.
“Omar Tyree has created a franchise with an incredible story that connects with audiences worldwide,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is excited to have the film rights for these books which have been a staple in the African-American community for more than 20 years. We’re thrilled to have the chance to finally bring these stories to screen.”
Codeblack Films’ General Manager Quincy Newell brokered the deal with Global Renaissance Entertainment Group’s CEO/Owner Arthur Wylie and Chief Operating Officer Dale Godboldo. Jean Chi, Lionsgate’s SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, business executive Greg Snodgrass of Business Affairs Inc. and Jeffrey Miles, attorney for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, handled legal duties.
“I couldn’t be happier to embark on this journey with Codeblack Films and Global Renaissance Entertainment Group,” states Omar Tyree. “I have every confidence that my brand has found the perfect home with one of the most effective machines in Hollywood.”
“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” featuring one of America’s hottest young comedic talents, was released nationwide on July 3 by Summit Entertainment in conjunction with Hartbeat Productions and Codeblack Films, opening to an impressive $17.4 million and grossing more than $26 million at the domestic box office to date. Codeblack Films has recently unveiled an upcoming slate that includes the suspenseful thriller “Repentance,” starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan, the romantic drama “Things Never Said,” starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, and George Tillman, Jr.’s “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson and executive produced by multiplatinum recording artist and Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys.
About Codeblack Films
Codeblack Films, a division of leading global entertainment company LIONSGATE®, is a vertically integrated film production and distribution company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands cross platform monetization solutions. Entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan founded Codeblack Films in 2012. Codeblack Films’ core objective is to super serve the global Black community with quality programming and help its content and brand partners access the enormous spending power of the rapidly growing African-American consumer market. Codeblack Films’ understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market — values, attitudes, behavior and current and emerging trends — provides the Company with a unique ability to position its content and brand partners in the center of influence.
Through parent company Lionsgate, Codeblack Films’ operational capabilities include motion picture production and distribution, strategic acquisitions, television programming and syndication, home entertainment distribution, digital distribution, new channel platform monetization and international distribution and sales.
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*Lionsgate has acquired screen rights to Devil In The Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, And The Dawn Of A New America, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Gilbert King about the effort of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP’s legal team to save the lives of four black men falsely accused of raping a white woman […]
*If Samuel L. Jackson could win an award that currently doesn’t exist, he’d probably get the man who gets the most work in film award. The dynamic actor is back at it again, blazing a trail of diverse success. His new indie drama, “Reasonable Doubt” was recently picked up by Lionsgate and will be sold […]
*Los Angeles, CA. – Josiah Films LLC, in association with Rhythm Pictures LLC present “House Arrest,” an Andrea Weathersby film starring Stacey Dash and The Game. The world premiere happens this Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, February 16th at 12:00 noon and Sunday, February 17th at 2:30 p. m. Fans are invited to see Stacey Dash […]
*Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer are considering pairing up to star in and produce a multi-camera comedy together for Lionsgate TV and its subsidiary Debmar-Mercury, reports Deadline.com. The idea reportedly started with a meeting right before Thanksgiving between Grammer, Lawrence and Lionsgate where the two actors showed great chemistry. But Grammer’s financial settlement with recently […]
*Lionsgate announced that production on the comedy “Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club” began Monday, (Nov. 26) at the filmmaker’s studio in Atlanta. The film follows a group of single mothers from different walks of life who are brought together by an incident at their children’s school. As a result, they create a support group that […]
*Lionsgate has announced the release dates for the next two Tyler Perry films. “Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club” is scheduled to open May 9, 2014 and an untitled Madea Christmas film will bow Dec. 13, 2013, reports Deadline. Both films will be written and directed by Perry via his Tyler Perry Studios. “Moms Club” is […]
*On the day of President Obama’s second debate and three weeks before the election, Lionsgate has released “2016: Obama’s America,” the documentary based on conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” [SUBSCRIBE TO EURWEB's RSS FEED] The film, first released in a single theater on July 13, went on to become the […]
*Indie studio Lionsgate has announced a new partnership with film and TV comedy veteran Jeff Clanagan and his CodeBlack Enterprises to penetrate the urban market with digital content. Clanagan will base his new company at Lionsgate so the indie studio can mine his expertise in movies, TV, music and other content ripe for digital platforms, […]
*Summit Entertainment announced today that it will premiere the Tyler Perry-led “Alex Cross” wide on October 26, 2012, reports Deadline.com. The film will compete on that date with Dimension’s “Halloween 3D” and Fox’s surfing pic “Of Men And Mavericks.” The adaptation of the James Patterson novel stars Perry as the detective/psychologist protagonist who meets his […]