AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS MARA BROCK AKIL AND SALIM AKIL PARTNER WITH OPRAH WINFREY FOR NEW OWN ORIGINAL SERIES "LOVE IS ___"
Created and Executive Produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil ("Being Mary Jane," "The Game," "Girlfriends"), New Dramedy from Akil Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Tells the Love Story of a Modern-Day Power Couple
Brock Akil Will Serve as Showrunner
Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey and Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the award-winning producers behind such hits as "Being Mary Jane," "The Game" and "Girlfriends," have partnered together to create "Love Is ___" a new original one-hour series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Akils will create and executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner with Mara Brock Akil also serving as showrunner. Drawing inspiration from their real-life relationship, the humorous drama tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. Produced in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the series will premiere on OWN in 2018.
The new series joins OWN's growing lineup of top-rated scripted dramas including "Queen Sugar," "Greenleaf," "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "If Loving You is Wrong," which year-to-date comprise four of the top six original scripted series on ad-supported cable for women 25-54.
"I've dreamed of working with the Akils," said Oprah Winfrey. "I've been a huge fan of their work since first viewing 'Girlfriends.' They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time."
"To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me," said Mara Brock Akil. "That, and it's Oprah! 'Love Is ___' is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We're grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story."
About the Series
The Akils often hear that they "personify black love"; after all, they balance successful careers and a beautiful family. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad... to the '90s, because that's where this definitive love story of a modern-day power couple all began.
Mara Brock Akil won the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series for "Being Mary Jane," and the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for "The Game," and received three other NAACP Outstanding Writing nominations for "Being Mary Jane" (2015), "The Game" (2014), and "Girlfriends" (2007). Salim Akil also won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for "The Game" (shared with Mara Brock Akil), and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) for "Jumping the Broom" the same year. He has received five additional NAACP Image Award nominations for directing, for "Being Mary Jane," "The Start Up," "The Game" and "Girlfriends."
Between them, the Akils have written, produced and/or directed more than 350 episodes of primetime television series. Up next for The Akils and their Akil Productions banner is the highly anticipated upcoming Warner Bros. Television/DC drama series "Black Lightning," for The CW, which they are executive producing, with Salim Akil taking the reins as showrunner.
About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, American Woman for Paramount Network, Famous in Love for Freeform, Fuller House and Longmire for Netflix, Krypton for Syfy, Queen Sugar for OWN and You for Lifetime.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
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