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Facebook Orders Drama Series for Watch With Kerry Washington Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

Facebook is continuing its push into scripted programming with an order for a drama series that boasts “Scandal” star Kerry Washington among its executive producers, Variety has learned exclusively.

Titled “Five Points,” the series is set on the South Side of Chicago and takes a look at high school students from five unique points of view. When a life changing event occurs, all of these different perspectives will be necessary to understand the truth. The cast currently includes “CSI: Cyber” alum Hayley Kiyoko and actress and model Madison Pettis. It will air on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for original shows.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Indigenous and Facebook in order to tell this important, thought provoking and compelling story,” Washington said.

The series was created by Adam Giaudrone, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Washington will executive produce under her Simpson Street Productions banner. Jon Avnet and Jake Avnet of Indigenous Media will also executive produce with Indigenous’ Sage Scroope and Ben Fast also producing. Rodrigo Garcia and Thomas Carter will also executive produce, with Carter also directing the 10-episode series. Indigenous Media is the studio.

“We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented Kerry Washington join our producing team,” said Jon Avnet, co-founder of Indigenous Media. “Her strong perspective coupled with Thomas Carter’s gifted direction will take ‘Five Points’ to the next level.”

Indigenous’ other recent projects include “Sickhouse” and “60 Second Docs,” a series of short documentaries that averages over 4 million views per episode. Indigenous Media is also discovering new film and television talent through its incubator programs, in partnership with Conde Nast Entertainment. They are also the producers of “WIGS,” the award-winning scripted series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads that launched in 2012.

Simpson Street’s first project, the HBO movie “Confirmation,” received an Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie/Miniseries. The company is currently producing the films “City of Saints & Thieves” with Will Packer Productions, “The Mothers” with Warner Bros,‎ “The Perfect Mother” with Pascal Pictures, and “24-7” with UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Indigenous Media is repped by CAA and attorneys Tara Kole and Leigh Leshner. Washington is repped by CAA, Katherine Atkinson of Washington Square Arts, and attorney Gretchen Bruggeman Rush. Carter is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Giaudrone is repped by Verve, Debbie Gruber and attorney Gregg Gellman.

Facebook is one of the more recent tech giants to get into the original content space. Among the shows that Facebook has rolled out on Watch are: “Ball in the Family,” a reality series that follows the family of NBA star Lonzo Ball; “Loosely Exactly Nicole,” a comedy series starring Nicole Byer; and “Humans of New York: The Series,” based on the popular Facebook page and social art project.

Watch is also home to a great deal of sports content, including three NFL shows: “NFL Game Recaps,” “Sound FX,” and “NFL Turning Point.”

These represent a small portion of the number of shows available on the platform, which officially launched in early September after a limited beta run.

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