Warbler Franklin gets TV gig

Universal TV has inked a deal with Grammy Award-winning gospel/hip-hop musician Kirk Franklin to develop a TV sitcom produced by Ralph Farquhar.

Franklin would star in the comedy and serve as music supervisor and co-producer on the series, which is not yet attached to a network. Farquhar, executive producer of UPN’s “Moesha,” also helped pop star Brandy launch her TV career. Franklin’s manager Robi Reed-Humes will also executive produce.

Franklin already is part of the Seagram family though his B-Rite Records label, a joint venture with Interscope Records, which Seagram owns. His first Album, “Kirk Franklin and the Family” sold more than 1 million copies, and his followup album, “Watcha Lookin 4,” has gone platinum. His current project, “God’s Property From Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation,” has sold 1.3 million copies in five weeks. Franklin won the Grammy this year for soul gospel album.

His deal was brokered by attorney Susan C. Adamson and Holly Davis of J.E.O.W. Entertainment Agency.

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