GRAMMY WINNER TONI BRAXTON TO HEADLINE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE LIFETIME'S MULTI-MOVIE SERIES EVENT "THE FALLEN ANGELS BOOK CLUB" PREMIERING 2022
Movies Falls in Line with Networks' Broader Focus Initiative
with Rhonda Baraka As Executive Producer and Writer of Both Films, and Director of the First Installment
Films Based on the Hollis Morgan Mystery Book
Series by R. Franklin James
Los Angeles, CA, (September 27, 2021) - Lifetime asks "whodunnit?!" with the greenlight of The Fallen Angels Book Club (working title) movie series event, starring seven-time Grammy(R) Award winner Toni Braxton as Hollis Morgan, an ex-con turned amateur sleuth who sets out to investigate a series of murders at her book club. Braxton is also set to executive produce both films. Debuting in 2022, Rhonda Baraka (Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta) also executive produces and wrote the scripts for the movies based on the Hollis Morgan mystery book series by author R. Franklin James. Baraka will also direct the first movie.
"Toni has a magic touch for making movies that resonate with our audience," said Tanya Lopez, EVP Scripted Content, Lifetime & LMN. "We've seen Toni's acting range through the years and I can't imagine anyone else as Hollis. This role was made for Toni."
The Fallen Angels Book Club marks Braxton's return to Lifetime after she executive produced and starred in the 2016 ratings hit Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart and 2018's Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story and Every Day is Christmas. Braxton also made her movie debut with Lifetime with the 2013 movie, Twist of Faith.
In the first installment, the members of The Fallen Angels Book Club must have two things in common - a love for books and have a criminal record. Hollis Morgan (Braxton) meets both requirements. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her ex-husband, Hollis served her time and now hopes the court will pardon her conviction so she can return to law school and fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer. But when a member of her book club is murdered in a scene straight out of the previous night's novel, Hollis once again becomes the subject of police scrutiny. Refusing to get stuck with another bad rap, Hollis sets out to investigate her fellow club members and after a second book-inspired murder, she races to identify the killer before she becomes the next victim.
The Fallen Angels Book Club films fall in line with Lifetime's Broader Focus initiative which supports the hiring of women in key production roles. The movies are produced for Lifetime by Brain Power Studio and executive produced by Beth Stevenson, Nancy Yeaman, Toni Braxton and Rhonda Baraka. The films are written by Baraka who will also direct the first installment of the movies.
About Brain Power Studio
Brain Power Studio is a Canadian based media company that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium live-action and animated projects for the global marketplace. Consistently delivering highly rated programming, Brain Power's long-form movie production slate includes over 40 current titles. Its rights division manages an expansive catalog of entertaining and heartfelt content on a worldwide basis.
Celebrating 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long running Stop Breast Cancer for Life now in its 25th year, Stop Violence Against Women which relaunched in 2018, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.