Gabrielle Union Signs First-Look Deal With Sony Pictures TV
When one door closes another one swings open.
Gabrielle Union isn’t planning on taking a break after her BET show Being Mary Jane concludes this summer. The actress, who is set to star in the upcoming Bad Boys II spin-off show L.A.’s Finest, just signed a two-year contract with Sony Pictures to create broadcast, cable, and digital projects.
Under the two-year pact, Union’s production company, I’ll Have Another – named as a nod to her best-selling book, “We’re Going to Need More Wine” – will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects for Sony TV.
The L.A.’s Finest pilot hails from Bad Boys movies’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad and Primary Wave Entertainment. Written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier and directed by Anton Cropper, it follows the free-spirited Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003’s Bad Boys II movie as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. Union and Alba executive produce alongside Sonnier Margolis, Bruckheimer, Belgrad, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin and Jeff Morrone. “I am so excited to be back in business with my old Bad Boys family and to have the opportunity to take it a step further and develop projects under the Sony Pictures Television banner is truly an honor,” said Union. “There is an obvious feeling of change happening in Hollywood and I feel very fortunate to now have the opportunity to create necessary projects that are reflective of those changes.”
Union got her start as an executive producer with Lifetime’s With This Ring and continued her behind the scenes training by producing Almost Christmas and BET’s Being Mary Jane which is set to end this summer with a 2-hour series finale.
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