Titled “White Dave,” the single-camera series would follow a young African-American teenager who has grown up in an all-white suburb who suddenly moves to an all-black neighborhood when his mom remarries. It is based on the life of David E. Talbert, who will write and executive produce.
James will executive produce through his company, SpringHill Entertainment, along with his producing partner Maverick Carter and Union. Warner Bros. Television, where James and SpringHill are set up under an overall deal, will produce.
This project marks the latest in a growing slate of TV projects for James and SpringHill. He is currently an executive producer on the NBC game show “The Wall” and also executive produces the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” which recently concluded after four seasons. The company is also developing a comedy set in a sneaker store with HBO, along with a project starring Octavia Spencer about the life of Madam C.J. Walker.
Union currently stars in and executive produces the BET series “Being Mary Jane,” which wrapped up its fourth season in September. Union stars as successful broadcast journalist Mary Jane Paul. The network announced last week that the show will end its run in 2018 with a two-hour finale movie.
Talbert is known for writing, producing, and directing films like “Almost Christmas,” “Baggage Claim”–based on his novel of the same name–and “First Sunday.” This winter will also bring Talbert’s fourth feature, the Netflix original “El Camino Christmas,” written and produced by “Hidden Figures” helmer Ted Melfi and starring Luke Grimes, Tim Allen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, and Jessica Alba.
James and SpringHill are repped by WME. Union is repped by CAA and Primary Wave Entertainment. Talbert is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham.