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Former Tyler Perry Head TV Writer Creates Dramatic Web Series ‘Birth Right’

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by Sergio
January 10, 2014 11:12 AM
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Former House of Payne head writer Brian Egeston says of himself that he's been “the class clown” and "the funny man everywhere I go," but for the longest, like a lot of comedians, he longed to be dramatic.

As he says: “Comedy can get really broad, sometimes too broad.  I still enjoy it and write it, but I like dabbling in drama to center my storytelling.” 

So after writing 30 episodes of Payne, as well as working on more than 100 episodes for other Tyler Perry TV sit-coms, Egeston has created the dramatic web series Birth Right which premiered yesterday on the serie' website (HERE) and on YouTube.

The series centers around Kia Right, “whose adoption rights are overturned by a rich and powerful business mogul who wants her son after learning the child is connected to a multimillion dollar inheritance.  When authorities try to take the child, Kia goes into hiding in the remote North Georgia Mountains until she can overturn the ruling or hunt down the people after her son.

Egeston says that this series is really important to him because: “...my wife and I adopted the most amazing kid in the world and I wanted to tell a story about an unconditional love for a child regardless how he or she comes into one’s life.  I also wanted a backdrop that wasn’t stereotypical such as the hood, church or a basketball court.  That’s why we told this story on a lake, in the urban jungle and in the mountains.  Next season we’ll be in the clouds—literally.

Now I can guess what you’re saying: “Ya think Egeston made this series as an atonement for all that time working on Perry sit-coms?

Well I’m not going to go there. You’ll have to make up your own mind about that

New episodes will premiere every Thursday at 8PM.

Here’s the first episode:

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9 Comments

  • Brian Egeston | January 17, 2014 2:45 PMReply

    Carey,

    What's up, brother? I remember you, your fine city and your cousin. Hope all is well. Thanks for reaching out. All the best.

    B

  • CareyCarey | January 17, 2014 3:56 PM

    What's Brian,

    Thanks for hollering back. Everything is cool here. When I called my cousin to inform her of where you are now, quite naturally Tyler Perry's name hit the table. Well, she's not a fan of Tyler's work but she was please to know that you've moved on up.

    While discussing some of Tyler's characters i.e. , Madea, Aunt Bam, Hattie, Curtis Payne and Mr. Brown, of which she's not a fan, I had to remind her of her own uncle who played the part of "Kingfish" in the Amos & Andy series. Yep, that bit of history gave her reason to pause.

    Anyway, check out a clip from a (community theater) play she and I put together in tribute to one of our early pioneers of show business. Like some of the characters you write (and Medea), he was loved by millions, yet some folks found reasons to give him the evil eye.

    Here it goes, before Madea, Red Fox, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson and Moms Mabley, there was the infamous Kingfish --> youtube.com/watch?v=C5NikoEAUbI

    Keep doing your thang my brother. Although this blog is not a pro-Tyler Perry house, millions love your writing.

  • CareyCarey | January 15, 2014 1:08 AMReply

    Brain, I thought it best that I post this comment ahead of the less-than glowing comments that follow (I need you in a good mood... *big smile*). So listen, I roam the halls of Shadow and Act (some call it trolling) for many reasons, in doing so I've found many serendipitous rewards. But one of my conscious goals, aside from discussing any and everything related to films/movies, is the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all walks of life. Some of which have led to pen-pal and business relationships.

    Anyway, in another comment (further down) I mentioned meeting you in the early stage of your career at one of your readings, so let me take you back to that day.

    It was around 2000-2002, in Illinois. From your hotel room you could possibly see the Mississippi River which was approximately 2 blocks from the hotel. You were convinced to come to this burg of a place by my cousin (the poet laureate of the city), Ms Guy. And, as a side note, for those who don't know it, you were a humble and very nice young man.

    The reading, which was followed by a Q&A, took place at an old school mansion type building. The audience was 80% white, the rest were PoC. The book being discussed was Granddaddy's Dirt. So there you have it, many years ago you were a struggling writer, but boy look at you now. And now, I'm simply trying to "reconnect" so I can pick your mind and maybe write about your voyage... and the Do's & Don't, trails & tribulations of black writers/filmmakers just like you.

    So please, if you don't feel comfortable replying here, hit me at careydarnell(at)yahoo(dot)com

    It would be greatly appreciated.

  • Troy | January 14, 2014 12:13 AMReply

    I also wanted a backdrop that wasn’t stereotypical such as the hood, church or a basketball court. -- trying not to be stereotypical has been a stereotype since the 90s. In the future people won't worry about stereotypes and just be good.

  • Brian Egeston | January 12, 2014 1:55 AMReply

    Great comments, everyone! I appreciate your candor. Have an amazing 2014.

    B

  • CareyCarey | January 14, 2014 1:56 AM

    Wait a minute? Brian, did you start out writing novels? If so, I believe we've met. You probably won't remember me but if you're the author of Granddaddy's dirt, when you were a struggling writer you did a reading in my home town (midwest). Yep, you and I actually talked at your hotel. The year... hmmm... I'm gonna say... maybe early 2000's?

    Yes sir, now I can say "I knew that boy when he didn't have a nickle in his pocket, but look at him now". :-)

  • CareyCarey | January 11, 2014 5:42 PMReply

    Although I DO NOT share Miles and Katie's opinion of Tyler Perry and those who have been fortunate enough to work and learn from him, I do question the decision to use a white child and thus the white millionaire grandfather? On two fronts, that decision does not set well with me.

    First, I believe there are more than enough black children in need of adoption. Second, in this film the "caring" grandfather is rich and white, and his thug henchman is a black man. What message are we sending.

    So considering all the above, what message is the writer trying to send? I can't help but believe it was a conscience decision to cast a white child. Why?

    And, on a side note that thickens this quandary, I just happened to notice in this film (and since Egeston volunteered this bit of information) that "the kid in red" (not the adopted one) is a black child, who just happens to be Brian's adopted son (me think?).

  • Miles Ellison | January 11, 2014 4:59 PMReply

    I was pretty much done after the words "Former Tyler Perry Head TV Writer."

  • Katie | January 11, 2014 11:30 AMReply

    You know, I really was going to give this a chance. I really was. And normally, anyone associated with Perry would be on my ish list (no, I don't care how many jobs Perry gives). But again, I wanted to give this man a chance even though I don't care for these types of dramas. So far everything was going great. The title sequence was decent (I'm a sucker for title sequences). The shots were better than expected. Then 2 minutes I see the black woman character mammying up with a white child. WTF? You killed it, Egeston. You completely killed my interest. You mean to tell me that I'm supposed to give a damn about a some black woman moving heaven and earth for a white child? Shiiid. If I wanted to look at that, I would just watch Hollywood and their garbage.

    I don't watch black webseries just to see the same bullshit so I guess I'll just stop watching right here. Egeston had a chance to portray black woman in a completely different light and he blew it.

    "Ya think Egeston made this series as an atonement for all that time working on Perry sit-coms?"
    Man please, he's not trying to atone for not a damn thing. This man has shown that he has the same Tyler Perry mindset. FOH with this mess!

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