Diana Ross has entered into a movie deal with ABC calling for the entertainer to star in and produce two movies for the network and exec produce a third.
The first project will air next season and be produced by Ross’ Anaid Film Prods. (which has been the production entity on her recent network and cable TV specials) in association with the network’s in-house unit, ABC Prods.
Details of that movie weren’t released.
For Ross, an Oscar nominee for “Lady Sings the Blues,” the starring roles represent her first dramatic performances for TV and her first dramatic work of any kind since the musical feature “The Wiz” in 1978. (Plans for Ross to star in a TNT movie on Josephine Baker never materialized, fizzling after HBO’s biopic featuring Lynn Whitfield.)
ABC cemented another high-profile deal earlier this week with a singer-actress, Madonna, for all forms of TV programming. The web also announced a long-term commitment to Hallmark Cards subsidiary Signboard Hill Prods. and RHI Entertainment calling for 10 movies, to begin airing during the ’94-95 season (Daily Variety, June 16).