Regina King has inked a 2-year production deal with ABC Studios for her production company, Royal Ties. King and her sister, Reina King, who will serve as the executive of development will be developing and producing new projects for the network.
King is a two time-Emmy winner for best supporting actress in a limited series for her role in the ABC drama series, American Crime. King is also no stranger to working behind the scenes having directed episodes for television series like ABC’s Scandal, OWN’s Greenleaf, and FOX’s Pitch.
King has also inked a deal with Netflix to star in an upcoming crime-drama series titled, Seven Seconds.
Donald Glover, recent two-time Emmy winner for his critically acclaimed TV series, Atlanta, has recently signed a deal with FX. Glover has an exclusive overall deal that will allow him to develop new projects for FX Network’s outlets in addition to other networks and streaming services.
Presidents of original programming for FX Networks and Productions, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, shared the news of Glover’s new deal with FX on Thursday stating:
“Donald is a remarkable artist, effortlessly shifting from actor to writer, producer, director and musician to create one amazing project after another,” Grad said. “ ‘Atlanta’ is just the beginning, the breakout comedy of the year and a series revered as much for its originality as its honest look at the experience of being aspiring, young and black in that legendary city. We’re proud to partner with Donald in an overall deal that will allow him to continue turning his creative vision into incredible television.”
Atlanta will return for a second season in 2018 due to Glover’s production schedule. He was recently casted as Lando Calrissian in an untitled standalone Hans-Solo film. He will also be appearing in the Spiderman: Homecoming film releasing on July 7, 2017. Glover is also a rapper under the name, Childish Gambino, and will be premiering at some music festival’s this year. Most recently being announced as a performer for the Governor’s Ball in New York City.
Chicago based drama series, The Chi, created by Lena Waithe, producer for the film Dear White People and actress on Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series, Master of None, has recently been picked up by Showtime.
The series pilot was originally shot in 2015 and has had some redevelopments since then. Dope director, Rick Famuyiwa, will serve as an executive producer and director the pilot episode. Waithe, rapper/actor Common, Aaron Kaplan, and Elwood Reid (The Bridge) will serve as executive producers and Reid will serve as the showrunner.
The show tells the coming of age stories of young people living on the south side of Chicago. One of those characters being Brandon, played by actor Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island), who dreams of opening a restaurant one day, but struggles between his dreams and caring for his mother and teenage brother.
The show will be produced by Fox 21.