Quincy Jones Entertainment and Telepictures Prods. have optioned the TV rights to “The White Guy,” a one-man show from newcomer Stephen Hunt about his experiences in an interracial romantic relationship.
Jones and David Auerbach, Telepictures senior veep of development, are looking to develop the property into a single-camera film comedy.
Jones has a wide-ranging pic and TV development arrangement with Warner Bros., but the decision to set this project up at WB’s Telepictures indicates that the division is expanding into the scripted series arena.
Telepictures, headed by prexy Jim Paratore, is a prolific supplier of firstrun syndie fare like “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” the newsmag “Extra” and the relationship gameshow “Change of Heart.” It will launch the Queen Latifah-hosted syndie yakker later this month.
Hunt originally staged “The White Guy” last year at Gotham’s Public Theater, but the project caught Jones’ attention after Hunt bowed it in January at the HBO Workspace theater in Hollywood.
The show recounts the early stages of Hunt’s courtship and marriage to a dynamic black woman, and the subtle and not-so-subtle reactions the pair encounters from friends, family and society in general.
Jones has kept a low profile in TV since his latenight syndie variety strip “Vibe” was yanked last September. But his past TV successes include NBC’s Will Smith starrer “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and the NBC/UPN comedy “In the House.”
Hunt is repped by managers Bob Read and Ross Mark of Rebar Management and attorney Bob Mirish.