Jay-Z's Roc Nation, Participant Board BBC's 'Noughts & Crosses' YA Adaptation

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Roc Nation will executive produce and provide the soundtrack to the show, based on Malorie Blackman's award-winning novels.

Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation and Participant Media have both joined the BBC's upcoming drama series Noughts & Crosses, coming from Poldark producer Mammoth Screen. 

Roc Nation will handle and release the soundtrack to the six-part series, based on Malorie Blackman's young-adult novel series set in an alternative world where the dark-skinned ruling class of the Crosses looks down on the white Noughts.

Both Roc Nation and Participant will exec produce the show, currently in preproduction and set to be distributed by ITV Studios, which owns Mammoth Screen.

"It is genuinely thrilling to have the Roc Nation team helping create an individual sound for this unique project," said Damien Timmer, managing director at Mammoth.

Blackman added: "I am so thrilled and excited Roc Nation and Participant Media are going to be involved in the Noughts & Crosses series as executive producers. They're going to bring an extra dimension to the production that I can’t wait to see — and hear!"

Noughts & Crosses follows two young people, Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their color, but united by forbidden love and burning injustice. Sephy is a "Cross," a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum is a "Nought," a white member of the underclass, which was once enslaved by the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but their relationship grows ever more complicated as they come of age. It's the story of two families separated by power and prejudice but forever entwined by fate.

The drama was adapted for TV by showrunner Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who), who also serves as executive producer, with Lydia Adetunji (Riviera), Nathaniel Price (Tin Star) and Rachel De-Lahay (Kiri). The series is directed by Julian Holmes and produced by Johann Knobel (Shameless).

Executive producers are Kibwe Tavares (Jonah), Patrick Reardon for Roc Nation; Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Miura Kite; Mammoth Screen’s Preethi Mavahalli and Timmer; and Ben Irving for BBC One.

The series currently is in preproduction with casting underway and will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.