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Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil Ink Overall Deal with Warner Bros. TV

Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil have signed a multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. TV through their Akil Productions banner, Variety has learned. The new pact begins in May 2016.

When the Warner Bros. deal kicks off, Brock Akil will transition from showrunner of BET’s “Being Mary Jane” to exec consultant.

The husband-and-wife producing team have had an overall deal with BET since May 2011. The cable net is behind “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game,” both of which Brock Akil created. The pair exec produce both series.

“Being Mary Jane,” which stars Gabrielle Union, is the network’s No. 1 show and launched scripted programming at BET, as the net’s first one-hour scripted show. A new showrunner for the series has not been named.

Prior to “Mary Jane” and “Game,” Brock Akil created “Girlfriends,” which ran on the then-UPN, followed by the CW. Akil directed the Whitney Houston film “Sparkle” and “Jumping the Broom,” starring Angela Bassett.

Both are repped by ICM and Stephen Barnes at Morris Yorn.

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