The creator, writer and producer of Dear White People, Justin Simien, has entered into a pact with Lionsgate Television Group.
The overall deal for new original programming comes on the heels of Netflix’s season three renewal of Dear White People, based on the film of the same name, and Lionsgate’s similar pact with the showrunner of the series, Yvette Lee Bowser.
“We’re thrilled to expand our multifaceted relationship with the incredibly talented Justin Simien who has already shepherded one of the most exciting cross-divisional properties in our portfolio,” said Chris Selak, executive VP and head of worldwide scripted television at the indie studio. “Justin has an original, bold and refreshing creative voice that has become part of the national conversation, and we can’t wait for the projects he’ll bring us next.”
“Lionsgate embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to ground-breaking original content for its audiences,” said Simien. “I couldn’t be more excited to expand my collaboration with Kevin [Beggs], Chris and the rest of the television team on exciting new projects that speak to our diverse viewers while continuing to push the envelope creatively.”