Jamie Foxx and producing partner Datari Turner are focusing their TV efforts at ViacomCBS. The duo have inked a new deal at MTV Entertainment Group, where they’ll develop and executive produce original movies across the portfolio with a focus on BIPOC filmmakers.
“Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner are creative forces whose talent is boundless,” said MTV Entertainment Group EVP and head of talent and content development Trevor Rose. “Together, we share a vision of cultivating emerging BIPOC filmmakers and telling multicultural stories that will make an impact.”
Their deal comes just a month into ViacomCBS refining its streaming approach with the launch of Paramount+. The group has made an effort to elevate more inclusive storytelling, brokering similar deals with Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance (Bassett Vance Productions), Idris Elba (Green Door Films), Salma Hayek (Ventanarosa Productions), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Purple Pebble Pictures), John Leguizamo (Rebel Productions) and Eva Longoria (UnbeliEVAble Entertainment).
For their part, Foxx and Turner also have an overall deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment for feature films. And it was recently announced that they’re working on an authorized limited series about controversial boxing legend Mike Tyson.
The MTV Entertainment Group, under the leadership of president Chris McCarthy, now consists of nine legacy Viacom brands — MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, CMT, VH1, TV Land and Logo, as well as MTV Documentary Films.