BET MAKES FIRST ROUND OF CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE BOBBY BROWN STORY
NEW YORK — March 6, 2018 — Today, BET Networks announced the first round of cast members starring in THE BOBBY BROWN STORY, currently in production in Atlanta. Previously announced Woody McClain will reprise his role as Bobby Brown. Mekhi Phifer, “Lil Rel” Howery, Lance Gross, Laz Alonso, Sandi McCree, T.K. Carter and Alyssa Goss are set to star in the two-night miniseries event slated to premiere September 2018. With a career that spans from founding the R&B super group New Edition to a successful solo run, Bobby Brown’s life truly epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Hailed as the King of R&B, Bobby Brown is undisputedly one of the genre’s original “bad boys.” His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept him on the front page. THE BOBBY BROWN STORY is executive produced by Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment. Award-winning writer, Abdul Williams (The New Edition Story) serves as writer. Award-winning director and Spike Lee protégé, Kiel Adrian Scott, as director.
ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.
ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran and multi-Image Award® winner Jesse Collins. Collins has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Most recently Collins was the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed film The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017 and posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. Collins has also produced award-winning programming including the BET Awards, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, is a consulting producer for the iconic GRAMMY Awards, executive producer of VH1’s Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube and was executive producer of the hit TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart. Will Smith, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey are a few of the myriad of superstar talent that Collins has worked with through the years. Follow Jesse Collins Entertainment @JesseCollinsEnt on Twitter and Instagram and go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Abdul got his start working in feature film development. He began as a development assistant for director Carl Franklin’s Monarch Pictures, Denzel Washington’s Mundy Lane Entertainment, and finally as a junior executive at Lorne Michaels’ SNL Studios (the movie division of Saturday Night Live). For Abdul…this was his film school. Constantly reading screenplays taught him the rules of the craft, and greatly improved his own writing. A well-received spec script led to his first paid writing assignment in 2003. Once he was able to support himself through writing, he left development behind for good. A second spec script led to more writing assignments in 2004. Abdul was hired by MGM to write a father/son mafia comedy called “DON CORNELIUS.” Miramax hired him to adapt their novel “BLING”, a satire of the music industry. MGM then hired Abdul for a second assignment, an untitled college comedy about the first white student body president at an all-black university. In 2006, he sold “LOTTERY TICKET” (based on an idea by director Erik White) to Rogue Pictures, who then put it into turnaround, and it was subsequently optioned and bought by Alcon Entertainment. The movie, directed by Erik White, and starring Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, and Loretta Devine opened in 2010 and grossed $24.5 million at the box office. In 2012, Abdul wrote another comedy for Alcon, “CON ED”, about a pair of escaped convicts hiding out on a college campus and posing as students. Abdul recently ventured into animation, writing “SURF’S UP 2” for Sony Pictures Animation. This past January Abdul received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writer for a Movie or Special for writing THE NEW EDITION STORY a three-night miniseries about the iconic group New Edition, that premiered January 2017.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Award-winning writer-director Kiel Adrian Scott’s films have screened internationally and aired on HBO, PBS, CineMAX, Shorts TV, Centric and BET. Kiel’s short film, The Roe Effect, garnered him high praise and won several major film festivals, including Best Short Film at the American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition, Best Narrative Short at the UrbanworldFilm Festival and the Saatchi & Saatchi NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Producer’s Award. The Roe Effect was nominated for Best Independent Mini Feature at the Black Reel Awards and included in Cannes Film Festival’s 2010 Short Film Corner. Kiel is an alumnus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, one of the most highly regarded and selective universities in the United States. Kiel is also a recent graduate of New York University’s Graduate Film Program where he was awarded a full tuition Dean’s Fellowship, was a Spike Lee Fellow, and served as Professor Spike Lee’s Graduate Teaching Assistant. Kiel’s latest film, Samaria, won a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the UrbanworldFilm Festival, and was a finalist in the 2015 Student Academy Awards.
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