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[08/11/22 - 11:57 AM]
TV One Announces Filming Has Wrapped for Original Film by Courtney Miller and Swirl Films
Denyce Lawton and B.J. Britt star in "13th Step," the working title of the film.

[via press release from TV One]

TV ONE ANNOUNCES FILMING HAS WRAPPED FOR ORIGINAL FILM BY COURTNEY MILLER AND SWIRL FILMS

SILVER SPRING, Md. - August 11, 2022 - TV One announced filming for the production of 13th Step (working title of the film), directed by Courtney Miller ("Games People Play", "Saints & Sinners", and "Twisted House Sitter"), recently wrapped. Denyce Lawton ("Chicago PD", "A Luv Tale" - BET+) will star as Denae Herndon. Joining Lawton is BJ Britt ("Being Mary Jane", "Agents of the SHIELD") who is cast as Seth Blackman. The film is scheduled for release in the fall.

"The Swirl Team continues to be a valued and integral partner to the TV One enterprise as we invest in our original film and programming pipeline," said TV One's Executive Producer Jason Ryan. "13th Step (working title) will provide our TV One viewers with another gut-wrenching thriller, expanding our unique film roster."

"The 13th step" is a colloquial term for when a 12-step old-timer hits on a newcomer with less than a year of sobriety. It can be for a variety of reasons: emotional, financial, or physical. But either way, it's someone in a position of power trying to take advantage of someone weaker. In this film, it refers to a woman's life is thrown into a dangerous tailspin after ending an affair with the dangerous lover she met in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

13th Step (working title) is by Courtney Miller & Clifford Mcghee. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, Susan Henry is Senior Director of Original Programming and Production, and Austyn Biggers is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One's upcoming programming, including original movies, visit http://www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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ABOUT TV ONE

TV One Networks is the hub of black culture and entertainment with a broad offering of original programming and classic series, serving both diverse audiences for TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 43 million households and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don't Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. While CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color, delivers content that uplifts and inspires today's modern-day woman. Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry's Quick Fix and All Things Adrienne House to Home. Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, http://www.urban1.com , the largest African-American owned and operated multi-media company.

ABOUT SWIRL FILMS

Swirl Films is America's "number one urban film production company," a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One's first ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan and Teyonah Parris as Howard. According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network's history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the networks highest ratings week ever. Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One's #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr's award-winning film, The Under shepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).





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