GMC to air screenplay competish winner

Former Tyler Perry Studios exec veep Roger M. Bobb will direct and produce “Raising Izzie,” a film that will have a TV premiere on GMC in July.

Bobb is directing a script from David Martyn Conley that won the GMC Faith and Family screenplay competition earlier this year. Production is to begin in Atlanta in March on the story of two orphaned sisters and a teacher who takes them under wing.

“When we launched our screenplay competition earlier this year, we couldn’t have dreamed of a more fortuitous outcome,” said vice chairman Brad Siegel of GMC, which has distribution in 51 million homes. “Our goal was to find faith-friendly family stories that we could turn into entertaining, uplifting films. In ‘Raising Izzie,’ we have found exactly that.

“The fact that a filmmaker of Roger Bobb’s experience and stature has signed on as director and producer of ‘Raising Izzie’ is a testament to the strength of the storytelling.”

For Tyler Perry Studios, Bobb work included producing such projects as “For Colored Girls” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and directing episodes of “Meet the Browns.” He also exec produced and directed nonfiction series “The Battle” for ESPNU.

“I’m extremely excited to be working with GMC to bring David Martyn Conley’s moving and funny screenplay to the screen,” Bobb said.

“Raising Izzie,” which will bow in June at the 2012 American Black Film Festival in June (when the winner of the second GMC Faith and Family screenplay competish is announced) before its smallscreen premiere, is Bobb’s feature film directorial debut and is being produced his Bobcat Films shingle.

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