3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Salim and Mara Brock Akil Ink Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Salim and Mara Brock Akil are on the move.
The pair behind The Game and Being Mary Jane have moved from BET to Warner Bros. Television with a multiple-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Akil Productions deal will begin in May 2016, once their latest pact with BET — where they have been based since 2011 — concludes. (This means anything the Akils develop this year will be for BET, putting the couple out of the current broadcast development season.)
The duo currently has two series on the air at BET: The Game, which ends its nine-season run on Aug. 5, and Being Mary Jane. Mara Brock Akil created Being Mary Jane, which she and Salim Akil both exec produce. The show is currently BET's No. 1 original series. The duo also serve in the same capacity on The Game.
With the WBTV deal, Brock Akil will serve in an executive consultant capacity going forward on Being Mary Jane.
Brock Akil's credits also include The CW's Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons on the network co-owned by Warner Bros.
Salim Akil's credits, meanwhile, include directing features Sparkle and Jumping the Broom.
The Akils are repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn.