WE tv Greenlights Unscripted Series from 50 Cent


WE tv has greenlit the unscripted investigative series Hip Hop Homicides, with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson executive producing.

Hosted by Van Lathan, the series will look into the number of unsolved murders in the hip-hop community in an attempt to uncover what really happened. Lionsgate Television, Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television and Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Productions will produce.

Monami Productions will handle physical production, while Lionsgate will handle international distribution rights. Executive producers are Jackson for G-Unit Film & Television; Scott-Young, Stephanie R. Gayle and Michael Lang for Monami Productions; Lauren Gellert and Kari McFarland for WE tv; and Vanessa Satten and Anthony Wilson.

The first season of Hip Hop Homicides is slated to premiere on WE tv later this year.

“50 and I created this show in response to the disturbing number of murders in hip-hop,” said Scott-Young. “With this boots-on-the-ground investigative series, we will look to closely examine and explore leads surrounding these cases with the hope of finally providing loved ones with answers.”

“G-Unit Film and Television has thrived by telling real stories,” said Jackson. “As I continue to grow my current slate, premium non-scripted programming will be a major focus. Hip-hop loves things that are damaged. This series will shed light on the artists that didn’t make it through the struggle.”

Craig Piligian, president of Lionsgate Nonfiction Television and chair and CEO of Pilgrim Media Group, added, “We’re proud to collaborate with Curtis again on a powerful project in the unscripted world alongside our incredible producing partner Mona. Hip Hop Homicides is an eye-opening reality series that will captivate and move audiences, and we’re excited we found the right partners in WE tv.”

“These are important stories that will be told by an extraordinary producing team we couldn’t be more excited to be working with,” commented Gellert, head of original programming and development at WE tv. “We look forward to shedding new light and attention on cases that have grown cold over time, with the potential for resolution and closure for those involved.”

“This is a significant show for WE tv and also for our ALLBLK streaming service,” said Brett Dismuke, general manager of WE tv and ALLBLK. “I have worked with Mona, 50 and Don on previous projects, and to have this dream team come together on a culturally significant series like this is important to me and to driving our business as we continue WE tv’s history of serving Black viewers and grow ALLBLK into the #1 streaming home for Black voices and stories.”