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    Morgan J. Freeman
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    Morgan J. Freeman
    Founder and president of 11th Street Productions

    The part-time film director — his most recent was the 2009 Mischa Barton vehicle Homecoming — says he hopes to complete a screenplay that’s remained on the “sideburner” for some time. But that will only happen once the New York City resident gets time, and there’s no rest for the weary at 11th Street Productions, which produces 16 and Pregnant and the Teen Mom platform for MTV. The producer says he was “caught off guard” by the success of 16 and its spin-offs: Teen Mom 2 launched in January, and the finale aired March 28. The program averaged 4.7 million total viewers on the season and from Sept. 27-Feb. 7 was the No. 4 reality show in the 18-34 female demographic, averaging 2.1 million viewers. Meanwhile, the third season of 16 debuts April 19. Freeman, a Laguna Beach vet, says the success of the teen pregnancy-centric shows has inspired 11th Street to pursue other socially conscious shows. To that end, the company has three in active development: Cliques, which will track four high school students; a show on death; and another on divorce.

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