Eazy-E's Widow Launches Production Company (Exclusive)

Eazy-E - Getty - H 2016
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Eazy-E - Getty - H 2016

The newly formed Ruthless Entertainment has signed with Circle of Confusion.

A year after successfully producing Universal's Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright has launched production company Ruthless Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The new shingle has signed with management/production company Circle of Confusion, and the two firms are developing several projects, including drama series Ruthless, loosely inspired by the life of the N.W.A. co-founder, Eric Wright; animated half-hour adult comedy Eazy Duz It and documentary feature The Hip Hop Thugsta: Eazy-E.

Woods-Wright has run Ruthless Records, the label founded by Eazy-E in 1987, since the rapper's death from AIDS-related complications in 1995.

"We couldn't be more excited to help Ruthless Entertainment achieve the same success in TV, film and digital that Tomica has with Ruthless Records in music," Circle partner David Engel, an executive producer on Straight Outta Compton, said in a statement. "Ruthless is a global brand started by Eazy-E, and Tomica has captained it for the last 20 years and has grown it into a multimillion-dollar business."

Ruthless Entertainment also will be represented by attorneys David Byrnes and Ben Rubinfeld at Ziffren Brittenham.

In addition to producing AMC's The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, Circle of Confusion also produces Cinemax's Outcast and BBC America's upcoming Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which will debut on Oct. 22. In film, the company recently wrapped action thriller Mayhem, starring Walking Dead's Steven Yuen and Samara Weaving.