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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 11, 2013 at 2:20PM

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.
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John Legend
John Legend

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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