LIONSGATE SIGNS OVERALL DEAL WITH "DEAR WHITE PEOPLE" EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND SHOWRUNNER YVETTE LEE BOWSER TO DEVELOP NEW TELEVISION SERIES
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 26, 2018 -- On the heels of the third season renewal of Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) critically-acclaimed hit series Dear White People, the studio has signed an overall television deal for new television series with renowned writer, producer and showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser, it was announced today by Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.
The deal expands the global content leader's relationship with Bowser who serves as executive producer and showrunner behind its breakout television hit Dear White People, which has garnered massive critical recognition and perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores for two straight seasons. Bowser is also known for her work in the Emmy(R) nominated television series Black-ish and Living Single.
"We're incredibly proud to begin this new phase of our relationship with Yvette who's helmed some of the most iconic and diverse shows in television," said Lionsgate EVP and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television Chris Selak. "With her creative vision, sophisticated wit and passion for telling authentic, relatable stories, we look forward to collaborating with her on new series that reflect her bold, original and provocative signature."
"I'm delighted to expand my relationship with Kevin, Chris and the rest of the Lionsgate team through this exciting new venture," said Bowser. "Lionsgate's longstanding commitment to deliver daring premium content to diverse audiences makes them a perfect partner, and I look forward to working together on more projects for their slate."
Bowser joins Lionsgate Television's portfolio of elite creative talent that includes Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), Courtney Kemp (Power), Paul Feig (The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale), Eugenio Derbez and Ben O'Dell (Overboard, Instructions Not Included), Nashville's Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, Joel Silver (The Matrix and Lethal Weapon franchises) and Dexter's John Goldwyn, among others.
Bowser is represented by WME and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
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