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The social network has ordered 10 episodes of Five Points, a Chicago-set drama from creator-writer Adam Giaudrone (Being Mary Jane). Thomas Carter (Save the Last Dance) has signed on to direct the series, which goes into production this week.
The project hails from Washington’s Simpson Street and multi-platform studio Indigenous Media. The Scandal star will executive produce the series alongside Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone and Indigenous’ Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet. Giaudrone and Carter will also serve as executive producers, and Indigenous’ Sage Scroope and Ben Fast will serve as producers.
Set at a South Chicago high school, Five Points follows five students who each experience a life-changing event from a different point of view. Hayley Kiyoko (CSI: Cyber) and social media star Madison Pettis have signed on to star in the series.
“Five Points’ unique format, designed to engage the community in social conversation, makes it a perfect fit for Facebook’s new Watch platform,” Indigenous COO Jake Avnet said Tuesday in a statement. “Indigenous Media has a long history of leveraging traditional media expertise to experiment with new formats and platforms, which is why we are excited to be an early part of Watch.”
Added Washington: “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Indigenous and Facebook in order to tell this important, thought-provoking and compelling story.”
Five Points will join a growing roster of shows on Watch, the ad-supported video platform that Facebook began rolling out to U.S. users in August. The social network on Tuesday announced that it has renewed four of its series, including scripted comedy Strangers and docuseries Ball in the Family, for second seasons.
Indigenous is repped by CAA and attorneys Tara Kole and Leigh Leshner. Washington is repped by CAA, Katherine Atkinson of Washington Square Arts and attorney Gretchen Bruggeman Rush. Carter is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Giaudrone is repped by Verve, Debbie Gruber and attorney Gregg Gellman.
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