Multihyphenate to develop, produce feature for minimajor

Lionsgate has signed singer Janet Jackson to develop and produce a feature film for the minimajor via her JDJ Entertainment banner.

Jackson’s acted in a trio of Lionsgate pics produced by Tyler Perry — the two “Why I Get Married” comedies and “For Colored Girls.” Lionsgate made the announcement Tuesday.

“My experiences of working with the creative group at Lionsgate have been powerful and exciting,” Jackson said in a statement. “From story to marketing and promotion, Lionsgate is a great organization, and I am proud that they will be the new home for JDJ Entertainment.”

Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production and development, said, “While developing a relationship with Janet Jackson over the course of three films, we recognized her instincts for storytelling. She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes.”

Lionsgate noted that Jackson has sold over 100 million records worldwide and began her film career in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice.” She’s currently on a 35-city tour, entitled “Number Ones: Up Close And Personal.” Jackson is managed by Jaime Mendoza of JDJ and Jason Winters of Sterling Winters Company. She is represented by WME.

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