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John Legend Sells Scripted Business Crime Drama To USA Network Under Get Lifted Banner

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 11, 2013 2:20 PM
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Since inking an exclusive deal last summer, with Universal Cable Productions, to develop TV series for both 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.

The pilot for the untitled series is being penned by Tommy Dewey & Greg Bratman, and is said to be loosely based on John Legend’s years growing up.

Announced this morning, Legend has sold a second project - this time to the USA network.

Titled The Edge, THR describes it 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."

The script will be penned by Justin Herber and Adam Hoff; Legend, along with his partners at Get Lifted Film Company, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious, will executive produce.

THR is calling this Legend's first sale under his UCP deal; I'm not sure what that means for the Fox comedy project he sold last October. Unless that was under a different deal altogether.

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.

No word on casting on either project.

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  • ALM | February 12, 2013 11:26 AMReply

    Congrats!....Sounds like a John Grisham novel....With the comedy deal John is really doing big things. I know he has a new cd out later this year, but these tv deals make me wonder if he is transitioning out of music into full on production/screen writing?

  • D.A. | February 11, 2013 9:47 PMReply

    I'm intrigued, not only because I am a huge follower and listener of John's music (I have all 3 of his albums), but because these shows sound like something I would watch.

  • slb | February 11, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Good for him. I'd be interested in this drama.

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