NEW SERIES “GAMES DIVAS PLAY [WT]” KICKS OFF PRODUCTION ON BET NETWORKS
BET is kicking off production of the new scripted series, “GAMES DIVAS PLAY [WT],” from Executive Producer Tracey Edmonds and starring Lauren London (BET’s “The Game”). Based on the popular book of the same name by Angela Burt-Murray, “GAMES DIVAS PLAY [WT]” is a sexy, stylized drama about the L.A. high life, where everyone plays to win. A desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career, and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star, find it’s murder trying to stay on top. The series will also star actress Parker McKenna Posey, who has transformed from her role on hit comedy “My Wife and Kids,” and fresh face Karen Obilom whose recent roles have included guest turns on “Insecure” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” Production just kicked off in Los Angeles on November 29th, and the one-hour drama will premiere in 2019, with a 10-episode season.
Lauren London will portray Vanessa King, a loyal yet skeptical wife, who married her high school sweetheart as he was being drafted into the nation’s premiere professional basketball league. Her lifestyle changed overnight as they went from college sweethearts to a power couple astride a world of money, easy sex, and glamour. No stranger to BET audiences, London starred in hit series “THE GAME” for two seasons. A Los Angeles native, Lauren London’s career skyrocketed after starring in the film, ATL, opposite actor and recording artist, Tip "TI" Harris. Other credits include films This Christmas, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, I Love You, Beth Cooper; The Perfect Match; as well as television series HBO's “Entourage”, “90210,” and “Single Ladies,” which aired on VH1 and BET’s Centric, and recently appeared in Lifetime’s “Poinsettias for Christmas.” London is represented by CAA and Flavor Unit.
Parker McKenna Posey plays Laila James, a cunning and alluring, yet struggling actress. When she realizes that she’s never going to get ahead based on pure talent, she decides to embrace her sexy, flashy side to get ahead on social media. She finds that in LA, fame is the ultimate drug. Multitalented Parker McKenna Posey is an actress, singer, philanthropist, and curator. With a career starting at age 4, her early roles included starring in hit sitcom “My Wife and Kids” opposite Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell. The Los Angeles native has blossomed into a fierce young woman with recent credits including FX’s gritty “Snowfall.” The young philanthropist is also deeply involved with the Stand Up to Cancer Foundation. Posey is represented by Electric Republic.
Karen Obilom plays Nia Bullock, a quick-witted, smart and savvy blogger, who gets a new job that she thinks is going to launch her long-dreamed-of journalism career. But as it turns out, this new job pulls her into the world of celebrity gossip – big names, high stakes, and never-ending scandal. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Karen Obilom was most recently seen on award-winning shows like, “Insecure,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “NCIS: LA.” Obilom also appears in the 3rd episode of “Medal of Honor” which is currently streaming on Netflix. Obilom is represented by Abrams Artists Agency and ATN Entertainment.
“GAMES DIVAS PLAY [WT]” hails from Executive Producer Tracey Edmonds, who has created and produced groundbreaking projects for television, film, music, and digital media. Edmonds recently exited ExtraTV, where she earned an Emmy Award while serving as co-host alongside Mario Lopez and Charissa Thompson for 3 years. Edmonds currently serves as CEO and President of Edmonds Entertainment. As a television producer, Edmonds’ past projects include the hit series “Deion’s Family Playbook” (OWN); three-time NAACP Image Award nominated “With This Ring” (Lifetime); and Showtime’s “Soul Food” based on the film of the same name, which ran for five seasons and won multiple NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row. She also executive produced several groundbreaking reality shows including “College Hill”, “College Hill Interns,” “Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown,” and “DMX: Soul of a Man.” Edmonds’ other successes include the hit film Jumping the Broom, which earned several NAACP Image Awards. In addition to TV and film, Edmonds is the Founder and Editor of the new lifestyle, health and wellness media brand, AlrightNow.com.
“GAMES DIVAS PLAY [WT]” is executive produced by Tracey Edmonds of Edmonds Entertainment, along with author Angela Burt-Murray serving as Executive Producer. Emmy®-nominee Vanessa Middleton (“SNL,” “Cosby,” “Girlfriends”) wrote the pilot for the series, and will serve as Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner; Kim Newton (“Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” “Cold Case”) joins Middleton as Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner.
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