Nkechi Okoro Carroll remains in business with Warner Bros.
The All American showrunner reboots classic ABC drama Life goes on and is launching his own production company Rock My Soul Productions, with ex-AGBOO director and former WME agent Lindsay Dunn at the helm of television, as part of a major global renewal of the deal with the studio.
Deadline understands that Warner Bros. beat a number of other bidders to step down from Okoro Carroll in a deal that is said to be eight figures.
âI am delighted to continue my partnership with Channing Dungey, Brett Paul and the extended WarnerMedia family,â said Okoro Carroll. âWe’ve only scratched the surface of the stories we want to tell together. Our mission at Rock My Soul Productions is to create content that leaves the world a little better than what we’ve found. Warner Bros. ‘ the continued support of this mission means everything to me.
Okoro Carroll, who first transferred her to Warner Bros. in 2018, after being 20th, will write and produce the Life goes on sequel as one of many new projects for broadcast, streaming and cable. She is working on the project with original series cast members Kellie Martin and Chad Lowe, who will be the producers of the project, and creator Michael Braverman, who will serve as an executive consultant. The project will be put on the market shortly.
The series, which aired on ABC from 1989 to 1993, centered around the Thatcher family of suburban Chicago and was the first TV show to have a major character with Down syndrome.
The sequel will revisit an adult Becca Thatcher, played by Martin, now an accomplished physician, and her extended family as she returns to her hometown.
Meanwhile, Dunn will join Okoro Carroll’s Rock My Soul as Television Director. Dunn spent the first 14 years of his career at WME as an agent in the television literary and packaging department, working with writers, directors and producers. In 2017, she joined AGBO, the company founded by directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Television Officer, where she produced shows including Citadel for Amazon, Deadly class for Syfy, and the next one Of for Epix.
Dunn said: “I am delighted to join Nkechi as she builds her new business at Warner Bros. As an agent, I have always been blown away by Nkechi’s talent as a writer and producer, but her real gift is being an incredibly kind and generous human being. I am grateful to Nkechi for the opportunity to work with her as she continues to make meaningful and entertaining television with our partners at Warner Bros.
Okoro Carroll added, âI am also grateful to my former agent and longtime friend Lindsay Dunn for joining and raising the Rock My Soul family as a TV manager. His immense talent, leadership skills and incredible passion for creating content that makes a difference are beyond inspiration. “
The deal will see Okoro Carroll continue to serve as executive producer and showrunner of hit drama series The CW. All American, as well as the upcoming spin-off All Americans: Homecoming, which debuts mid-season on The CW.
In addition to running All American and All American: Homecoming at the CW, former Federal Reserve analyst Okoro Carroll develops The Fed, which follows a group of young hopefuls as they start an elite scholarship with the Federal Reserve, on IMDb TV.
Other credits include the role of co-executive producer on the Fox drama series The resident and Rosewood, as well as working on BONE and The Finder.
The president of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Dungey, said: âWe are delighted to expand our relationship with Nkechi and are honored to continue to be their storytelling partner. She and she All American team has done an incredible job bringing a vibrant and diverse image of African American life to the screen, and we’re excited to see them expand that vision to include the world of historically black colleges and universities with the upcoming one. All American: Homecoming. Nkechi’s work is endlessly entertaining and inspiring, and we look forward to collaborating and telling important stories with her for many years to come.
Okoro Carroll is replaced by WME, Patti Felker and JR McGinnis at Felker Toczek, and Adesuwa McCalla at MetaMorphic Entertainment.