×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Notorious B.I.G. Scripted Series in the Works at TBS

TBS is developing a scripted series based on the lyrics of Notorious B.I.G., Variety has learned.

The series, “Think B.I.G.,” will chronicle the misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son. The project is being produced and created by Mass Appeal, in partnership with Wayne Barrow of Bystorm Films and Voletta Wallace for Notorious B.I.G. Inc.

TBS has also ordered “Storyville,” a 10-episode digital animated series that will feature funny, absurd, weird, and sometimes just sheer joyful stories straight from the mouths of top celebrities. Musicians, actors, comedians, writers and artists will tell true life stories which will be animated to expose the sheer absurdity of celebrity life in all of its glory. “Storyville” will premiere this fall across TBS digital and social platforms.

“‘Storyville’ and ‘Think B.I.G.’ speak to the types of projects we will cultivate with Mass Appeal moving forward,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS. “Mass Appeal is a leader in developing unique stories with diverse voices. There’s no better partner for us to connect with this vibrant, impassioned audience.”

TBS’s new projects are part of a larger deal with Mass Appeal. Under the agreement, Mass Appeal will develop original programming for TBS and TNT’s television and digital platforms, presenting concepts on an exclusive, first-look basis. Mass Appeal will also provide creative consultation on programming already in development, work with the networks in crafting original music solutions and licensing tracks from Mass Appeal Records; and developing music-themed specials and unscripted programs.

“The new direction that the good folks at TBS are taking is inspiring and totally akin to our position on popular culture,” said Sacha Jenkins, Mass Appeal partner and chief creative officer. “In essence, Mass Appeal’s strength lies in our ability to articulate the innermost feelings of artists and revolutionaries who are in the throes of their most potent creative moments, in a manner that is true to the creators and the movements they help spawn. I think our marriage will produce programming that will inspire a huge cross-section of people to tune in, interact and, in the case of TBS, laugh their asses off.”

Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal, added, “This deal is a major turning point for our business. With the help of Turner, we will now be able to accelerate our vision of growing Mass Appeal into the premier brand for exploring and expanding urban culture. We look forward to helping inspire cultural ingenuity at TBS and TNT.”

The deal was negotiated by Mark Ankner and Jad Dayeh at WME.

More TV

  • jesse-tyler-ferguson

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson Will Host HGTV's 'Extreme Makeover' Revival (EXCLUSIVE)

    You don’t need a home-improvement expert to restart “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor best known for his turn as Mitchell Pritchett in the popular sitcom “Modern Family,’ will host HGTV’s ten-episode remodel of the popular home-improvement series, in which families and communities in need of help are given a massive reworking [...]

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco and

    Patricia Arquette's 'Escape at Dannemora' Wins at Monte Carlo TV Festival

    Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora” won the Crystal Nymph in the limited series and TV movie section of the 59th edition of the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Michael Douglas, who received a lifetime achievement award from Prince Albert of Monaco. “Escape at Dannemora’s” Patricia Arquette, playing a female prison [...]

  • Don Lemon Power of Pride

    Don Lemon, CNN’s ‘Unicorn,’ on Facing Racism and Homophobia

    “Am I tired?” Don Lemon asks himself. “Sometimes, but it’s a day to day thing. Am I weary? Yes. I am. I have to be honest with you. It’s a lot.” Lemon, a CNN anchor on the air nightly at ten, would seem from some angles like someone who should be celebrating. For one thing, [...]

  • Asia Kate Dillon

    From 'Billions' to 'John Wick 3,' Asia Kate Dillon Makes Hollywood Theirs

    Who would have guessed that “Billions,” a cutthroat and hedonistic look at Wall Street hedge fund magnates and the politicians gunning for them, would deliver a groundbreaking representation of gender non-binary identities? Certainly not Asia Kate Dillon, who portrays non-binary investment wunderkind Taylor Mason on the Showtime series and also identifies as non-binary off-screen. The [...]

  • Janet Mock photographed for Variety on

    Janet Mock Signs Landmark Overall Netflix Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Janet Mock is making history. The “Pose” director, producer and writer has signed a sweeping deal at Netflix, making her the first out transgender woman empowered to call the creative shots at a major content company. The three-year multimillion-dollar pact gives the streaming giant exclusive rights to her TV series and a first-look option on [...]

  • Jim Parsons Variety Power of Pride

    Jim Parsons on Coming Out and Life After 'The Big Bang Theory'

    Jim Parsons just stepped away from a 12-year commitment — and is preparing to step into a new yet familiar role. After four Emmys and untold numbers of physics-inflected jokes on “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons is reprising a part he played on Broadway in 2018. A Netflix adaptation of the drama “The Boys in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content