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Lena Waithe Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV Group, Sets ‘Hoop Dreams’-Inspired Drama Series As First Project For Her Hillman Grad

Lena Waithe Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV Group, Sets ‘Hoop Dreams’-Inspired Drama Series As First Project For Her Hillman Grad

Lena Waithe has signed a big exclusive overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. The studio landed the producer, actor and Emmy-winning writer and her Hillman Grad Productions in a very competitive situation.

Under the multi-year pact, Waithe and partner Rishi Rajani will produce new television programming through Hillman Grad for all platforms, including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, external streaming services, cable, and the five broadcast networks.

In her first project under the deal, Waithe is developing a scripted drama inspired by the landmark documentary film Hoop Dreams, which was directed by Steve James, and produced by James, Peter Gilbert, and Frederick Marx.

Written by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, the coming-of-age drama would be following two African American teenage boys in 1990s Chicago experiencing the privileges and pitfalls of being high school basketball phenoms at the height of the Jordan era, and the start of high school players turning pro.

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