BET Plus has ordered the unique sequence “Birth of Cool” in its first-ever partnership with “Gentefied” producers Macro Television Studios and Emmy-Award profitable screenwriter and actor Lena Waithe’s manufacturing home Hillman Grad Productions.
The 10-episode half-hour dramedy marks Waithe’s third unique manufacturing with the model— her different two sequence with BET are “Twenties” and “Boomerang.”
“Birth of Cool” follows the adventures and misadventures of each college students and academics at Crispus Attucks High, a predominantly black highschool in Compton, as they struggle to make it by way of the bizarre, hilarious, hectic, typically sobering, and generally surreal tutorial yr whereas hopefully rising a bit within the course of on and off-campus.
The show was created by writer-director Juel Taylor and author Tony Rettenmaier, who each beforehand labored on the upcoming sci-fi comedy “They Cloned Tyrone” starring John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris. Taylor and Rettenmaier are additionally hooked up to government produce, with Taylor directing the pilot. Taylor and Rettenmaier are repped by WME and The Gotham Group.
“BET Plus continues to be the house for best-in-class creatives to inform their unique tales concerning the Black expertise,” stated Devin Griffin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, BET Plus, in a press release. “We admire Lena’s artistic imaginative and prescient and continued belief and are thrilled to companion with a talented group of creators from MACRO Television Studios and Hillman Grad to convey this sequence to life.”
Along with Waithe, Marta Fernandez, president of Macro Television Studios, CEO and founding father of Macro Television Studios Charles D. King, Hillman Grad Production co-founder Rishi Rajani, Aaliyah Williams and David Morris will function government producers. Fernandez and Mark R. Wright will oversee for Macro Television Studios, and the corporate’s companions on the sequence are Endeavor Content (“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” “Killing Eve”) and Hillman Grad Productions (“Queen of Slim,” “The Chi”). Macro co-financed the critically acclaimed “Mudbound,” “Fences,” “Sorry to Bother You” and “Just Mercy.” It additionally produced Netflix’s “Tigertail” and co-financed and produced the Golden Globe-nominated Daniel Kaluuya-led movie “Judas and the Black Messiah” for Warner Bros. Pictures. “Raising Dion” and “Gentefied,” each government produced by Macro, have been greenlit for second seasons on Netflix.
Hillman Grad Productions is at present growing a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic tailored from the Renaissance man’s daughter Tracey Davis’ e-book “Sammy Davis Jr.: MY Father,” with Waithe and Rajani producing alongside Sight Unseen Pictures. Waithe additionally penned the script for Universal Pictures’ forthcoming film “Talent Show,” based mostly on an concept by Duane Adler from the “Step Up” franchise. Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “Widows”) is ready to star in “Talent Show” and Waithe will government produce alongside State Street Pictures and Rajani will oversee for Hillman Grad Productions. Other Hillman Grad Productions tasks at present in manufacturing or growth embody “Them” for Amazon; “Untitled Kid Fury Project’ for HBO; and “Reawakening”