10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Nice White Parents' TV Series From Issa Rae, Adam McKay in the Works at HBO
Nice White Parents is the latest podcast to get the TV treatment.
Following a competitive bidding war, HBO has landed the rights to adapt the five-part New York Times and Serial Productions podcast as a half-hour comedy. The premium cable network has handed out a pilot order to the project, which hails from producers Issa Rae (Insecure) and Adam McKay (Succession).
Sources say HBO won the rights to Nice White Parents following a fierce round of negotiations that saw bidders including the Obamas and Netflix competing for the property. The podcast launched in July and focused on building a better school system and the obstacles that get in the way of doing so.
The HBO take is described as a satirical look at the conflict and comedy that arise when highly resourced white parents, who claim to have the best intentions, wield their influence over generations of Black and brown students within the New York public school system.
Rae and her Hoorae banner topper Montrel McKay will exec produce. Adam McKay and his Hyperobject Industries partner Todd Schulman will also exec produce. Serial Productions' Sarah Koenig, Chana Joffe-Walt, Julie Snyder and Alissa Shipp will oversee for the company. 3 Arts' Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry will also serve as EPs. Hoorae's Sara Rastogi will produce. Joffe-Walt reported the story, with the podcast produced by Snyder and edited by Koenig, Neil Drumming and Ira Glass.
Nice White Parents will be produced in-house at HBO, where both Rae and Adam McKay's companies are housed. Both have overall deals with the premium cable network. In addition to Insecure, Rae also exec produces HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show and is attached to star in and EP the Cabbage Patch-focused limited series The Dolls.
Adam McKay, meanwhile, exec produces HBO breakout hit Succession and has several other projects in the works at HBO and streamer HBO Max via his company's rich five-year deal with the WarnerMedia-backed outlets. He's also readying climate change anthology The Uninhabitable Earth for HBO Max, a drama about the 1980s-era L.A. Lakers, a limited series about Jeffrey Epstein and an adaptation of Parasite for the premium cable network.