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John Legend Sells 4th Scripted Series - Comedy About Music Managers - To Showtime

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by Courtney
June 20, 2013 5:02 PM
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Since inking an exclusive deal last summer with Universal Cable Productions, to develop TV series for cable and broadcast networks, John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company have been busy.

It sold its first project to Fox in October - a comedy project, which will center on a guy in his early 20s who becomes the guardian to his own siblings, while having to manage his fledgling career as well as a social life, and is said to be loosely based on John Legend’s years growing up.

Earlier this year, Legend sold a second project, a crime drama, to the USA network.

Titled The Edge, it was described as a crime drama about "an idealistic Harvard Business School graduate named Jeff Cross who joins a progressive financial firm called Edgeton Global (aka The Edge), where he discovers the company's dark secrets while becoming entangled in a high-stakes FBI investigation."

And in April, it was announced that Legend (and producer/director Tony Krantzsold a drama to HBO titled Down Lo, which will be set in South Beach, Miami, and is described as an edgy ensemble drama with intersecting stories, one of which will follow a gay rapper living on the "down low" as homosexuality is still not readily accepted in the hip-hop community.

Today it was announced that Legend and his company have teamed up with the Showtime network for a half-hour comedy about music managers - something that Legend himself knows a little something about likely.

The untitled project will take place in the world of high-profile music managers, and will be penned by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress) who will also executive produce alongside Legend and his Get Lifted Film company.

Legend is expanding his brand, as part of a concerted effort to grow his empire beyond music, calling it the “next step forward in building Get Lifted.” Assuming all 4 of these sales go to series, Legend will become quite a player in the TV production space, where there isn't a lot of black participation behind the cameras.

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5 Comments

  • Katie | June 23, 2013 10:53 PMReply

    Honestly, none of this shows appeal to me. But that would be great to find out the backstory of how he decided to go into TV and whatnot like Jeni said.

  • jeni | June 21, 2013 12:31 PMReply

    Please interview him. I'd like to know the backstory of how he decided to go into TV and how he built a team for this purpose.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 20, 2013 7:56 PMReply

    It's remarkable that he's sold this many scripted properties in a market that so favors reality programming. But like SLB, I'm also waiting to see how these projects develop. It's not a success until you've debuted Season 1 and been renewed for Season 2 (which a hit show will procure rather quickly). The FOX project will have the biggest uphill climb. The Big Four want advertisers to pay up, which they'll only do for a certified hit.

  • slb | June 20, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    No hate. It's cool he's getting these projects sold, but have any of them even gone to pilot or script phase yet? Those other projects were announced months ago, but no progress has been made it appears.

  • Carlton Jordan | June 20, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    they all sound so interesting. : /

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