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Girlfriends Creator Mara Brock Akil Sets Production Company History27 on Netflix

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Mara Brock Akil, creator of UPN series “Girlfriends” and BET drama series “Being Mary Jane,” placed her Story27 banner on Netflix as part of her overall deal with the streamer, the companies said on Monday.

Akil (pictured above) also announced that former AMC and SundanceTV director of programming, Susie Fitzgerald, has been appointed president of development for story27. In this role, Fitzgerald will oversee all film, television and digital media projects.

“At story27, thoughtful and entertaining projects focused on the humanity of the marginalized are the priority and that starts with identifying the best and most unique storytellers,” Akil said in a statement. “Susie’s friendly approach, coupled with her hugely impressive taste and track record, makes story27 a destination and home for the next wave of creatives and writers with stories to tell.”

“I am incredibly honored to join Mara and help build the innovative team at story27,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Mara’s incisive storytelling through memorable characters, along with her innate ability to identify and develop new talent, make her a visionary in the field.”

Prior to joining story27, Fitzgerald was executive vice president of script programming for AMC and SundanceTV. At AMC, she oversaw scripted programming and development for the network, including “Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “The Walking Dead”, “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul”.

Fitzgerald comes to story27 to oversee a list of projects in various states of development. As detailed in the statement, they are:

“Agency” – One hour drama. Inspired by the real-life lives of iconic sports agents Aaron and Eric Goodwin, “Agency” follows two black brothers from Oakland whose relationships with each other and with their family are put to the test when they form a sports agency to disrupt. industry and culture.

“Forever” – One hour drama. In this adaptation based on Judy Blume’s YA romance novel, “Forever,” two black Los Angeles high school students navigate first love and intimacy amid social and parenting pressures.

“Astronaut Chicks” – Half-hour comedy. In the speculative near future, four young black friends challenge each other to live the life of a fly, toss dreams and land for a specific purpose.

“Stamped From the Beginning” – In partnership with One Story Up, “Stamped from the Beginning” is the hybrid documentary adaptation of the incisive and urgent work of the same name of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, which chronicles in detail the origins and the evolution of racist ideas.


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