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TV and film producer Bobby Smith Jr. and romance novelist Brenda Jackson are teaming up.
The two have formed a production company that will develop and produce projects based on Jackson’s large catalog of romance titles. Smith (Jason’s Lyric, Their Eyes Were Watching God) will overseeing and writing adaptations of the books.
“I am so excited to be joining forces with the great Brenda Jackson to celebrate and bring black romance and black love stories to the television screens of the world through the launching of this endeavor,” said Smith. “It’s about time that black love and black romance truly received the beautiful spotlight that they’ve always deserved.”
Added Jackson, “As a romance author, it’s wonderful to write love stories and then see them adapted as movies. I appreciate Bobby for believing in my work and wanting to bring black love stories to life on the screen. I look forward to working with him in this endeavor. I also look forward to working with Bobby to bring other black authors’ love stories to the forefront as well.”
Jackson is a best-selling author of more than 130 romance novels. The partnership with Smith and his Ashore Entertainment will adapt books from her Catalina Cove, Madaris, Playas and Bennett series. Her work has previously been adapted for BET’s movie One Special Moment and features Truly Everlasting (which she also produced) and A Brother’s Honor. She received the Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Smith recently sold a feature pitch to Disney+ and is developing a sci-fi film called Burst with ACJ Film Fund and Sobini Films.
Smith is repped by attorney Mark Temple. Jackson is repped by attorney Garrett Johnson.
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