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Judy Blume’s ‘Forever’ a Go a Netflix From Mara Brock Akil

Judy Blume’s beloved novel Forever is set to become a Netflix series. The streamer has given a series order to the project from writer and showrunner Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane), who has an overall deal at Netflix. Forever was one of four shows Akil and her Story27 company announced were in the […]

Mara Brock Akil, Tracy Oliver to Be Honored at Black Women Film Network Summit (Exclusive)

Mara Brock Akil and Tracy Oliver will be among the honorees at the 2022 Black Women Film Network (BWFN) Summit, taking place March 5. The BWFN announced its roster of talent Friday for the virtual event, set to stream free of charge on the Cvent Attendee Hub. The event’s theme is “The Shoulders We Stand […]

‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ ‘The Game,’ ‘SEAL Team’ Renewed at Paramount+

Paramount+ executives came armed with news for their first, albeit virtual, presentation to the Television Critics Association on Tuesday. Nicole Clemens and Tanya Giles, meeting the press corps for the first time since respectively taking over as head of scripted originals and programming chief at the streamer, announced renewals for three of the expanded service’s […]

Mara Brock Akil Prepping Judy Blume’s ‘Forever’ as Part of 4-Show Netflix Slate

Mara Brock Akil has wasted little time building up her slate — and newly launched production company Story27 — in the year since she departed Warner Bros. TV for a sweeping pact at Netflix. Akil is readying four series — including an adaptation of Judy Blume’s Forever — as part of a four-show slate at […]

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil Drop $13.8M on Grand Hancock Park Mansion

It’s nowhere near the highest price ever paid for a single-family home in L.A.’s historic and historically hoity-toity Hancock Park neighborhood — that honor goes to a the baronial red-brick Tudor Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins sold in early 2020 for $19 million — but the recent $13.8 million sale of a fashionably rehabbed Italian Renaissance Revival-style mansion […]

Mara Brock Akil Inks Netflix Overall Deal

Mara Brock Akil Inks Netflix Overall Deal

Mara Brock Akil to Develop Scripted Series for Fox

Mara Brock Akil is heading to Fox. The Game and Black Lightning co-creator will develop a scripted series for the independent broadcast network as part of a newly announced network-direct script deal. The show, details of which were not provided, will be fully produced in-house by Fox Entertainment. "Mara is a truly gifted writer, with […]

OWN Scraps ‘Love Is_’ Amid Creator’s Domestic Violence Lawsuit

There will not be a second season of 'Love Is_' after all, with OWN canceling the drama as its co-creator faces a domestic violence lawsuit.

OWN Renews ‘Love Is_’ for Season 2

OWN has renewed 'Love Is_,' bringing back Mara Brock Akil's and Salim Akil's romantic drama for a season two.

Oprah Winfrey on Wanting to Work With Mara Brock Akil on ‘Love Is’

Oprah Winfrey spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the L.A. premiere of 'Love Is' on Monday night. The series is based on 'Being Mary Jane' creator Mara Brock Akil's real-life romance with husband Salim Akil.

Harassment in Hollywood: 5 Female Industry Forces Brainstorm How to “Change the Culture”

As the industry reels from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, THR gathered top-ranking producers, showrunners and execs — Sue Naegle, Krista Vernoff, Terry Press, Stephanie Allain and Mara Brock Akil — for a no-B.S. brainstorm on anger, survival and, most important, solutions: "Hire based on talent and fairness and create work environments where people can actually do their best."

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil Team With OWN for Drama Series

Brock Akil will serve as showrunner on the series, which hails from Warner Horizon.