SHORT CUTS: Foxx Ups His TV Game

Published November 19, 2007

Posted Nov. 15, 2007 -- Jamie Foxx just inked a two-year first-look production agreement with MTV and VH1, reports Variety.

Foxx and production partners Jaime Rucker King and Marcus King will develop, produce and consult on unscripted projects for both cablers. They'll serve as executive producers on projects, which will be produced via their FoxxKing Entertainment banner.

First project from the deal is "From Gs to Gents," a reality show in which a group of men are given social makeovers in a bid to turn them into gentlemen.

As a producer, Foxx's credits include the 2004 FX pic "Redemption" and his sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show." He was also attached to the CBS reality project "Pop Dynasty."

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Lionsgate Gets Two More Perry Pics

The rights to Tyler Perry's next two films, "The Family That Preys Together" and "Madea Goes to Jail," have been scooped up by Lionsgate.

Perry will direct "Family" from his original screenplay and will play one of the film's major roles. Additionally, he will direct and reprise his role as the title character in "Madea Goes to Jail." This is an adaptation of Perry's play about a series of events that occur after Madea spends a night in jail. Both films are scheduled to begin production in the spring.

" 'The Family That Preys Together' and 'Madea Goes to Jail' are going to deliver everything audiences have come to expect from a Tyler Perry production: humor, uplift and unlimited heart and soul," said Michael Paseornek, president of film production at Lionsgate.

Perry's next release, Lionsgate's "Meet the Browns," starring Angela Bassett, opens March 21.

Rhimes Honored for Making It

"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes is one of the 50 honorees announced Tuesday for recognition by Paley Center for Media's "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio."

Launched by the Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in 2005, the initiative aims to "celebrate the achievements of creative and business women in the industries of television, radio and new media."

"Powerful, talented women are not as uncommon in today's media industry as was once the case," Paley Center president and CEO Pat Mitchell said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "And today's women media leaders owe a great deal to their predecessors, who broke new ground in every sector of the media business. ... 'She Made It' honors both the trailblazers and today's outstanding women in radio and television," Mitchell added.

 

Written by BET-Staff

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