Netflix today announced a new partnership with prolific writer/producer/director Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane, Black Lightning) to create new original content. As part of the multi-year agreement, Brock Akil will write and produce scripted content and other creative projects for Netflix.
Netflix recently announced Akil’s celebrated series will be available to members for the first time – The Game is available now and Girlfriends is set to premiere on September 11th in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Fans can join the Girlfriends 20th Anniversary celebration on Instagram Live on Friday, September 11 at 5PM PT hosted by Akil on @StrongBlackLead along with surprise cast and guest appearances; and immediately following on Twitter as Akil hosts a live watch party of the first two episodes of Season 1 at 6PM PT #GirlfriendsOnNetflix.
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“It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals—telling human stories for a global audience. I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best– paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with– I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories,” said Akil.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix. Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members,” said Channing Dungey, VP Original Series, Netflix.