SHORT CUTS: Banks...Banks a New Deal With Warner

Published October 31, 2007

Posted Oct. 31, 2007 -- Tyra Banks just inked an even bigger deal with Warner Bros., one that calls for the model-preneur to develop scripted and reality shows, reports Variety. She'll also expand into film and DVD projects, beginning with the adaptations of th teen novel series Clique.

The "America's Next Top Model" producer-host has also carved out a series development deal with the CW, which is half-owned by Warners. Agreement covers both scripted and nonscripted projects. Banks said the new deal "represents the growth of an already successful relationship" with the studio.

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"Warner Bros. understands my brand and the reach and demand of our audience," she said.

As for series development, Banks said she's looking to create shows "that attract my core audience" and that are "aspirational and empowering." "But we're going to have a lot of fun with those messages, too," she added.

Banks will continue her talk show and highly rated "America's Next Top Model."

Hoodie Awards Go National

Steve Harvey's 5th Annual Hoodie Awards will make its first nationwide debut Thanksgiving Day on the BET J network, with rebroadcasts to take place over the weekend. The five-year-old awards show honors local businesses, religious and community leaders, churches and high schools for their contributions and excellence within various neighborhoods.

Celebrity presenters included Mo’Nique, Niecy Nash, Tank, Musiq Soulchild, Marvin Sapp, Tichina Arnold, Montel Williams, Robert Townsend, George Wallace, The O’Jays, Anthony Hamilton, Cupid, Stephen A. Smith, Yolanda Adams, Tonex, Salli Richardson, Kym Whitley, Cassie Davis, and LaVan Davis. Marvin Sapp, Robin Thicke, Tank and Chuck Brown entertained the crowd with their spectacular performances.

Written by BET-Staff

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