'Dear White People' Creator Justin Simien Inks TV Deal With Lionsgate To Develop More Original Series
Photo Credit: Justin Simien poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
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'Dear White People' Creator Justin Simien Inks TV Deal With Lionsgate To Develop More Original Series

It looks like Lionsgate and Justin Simien are in the business of making boundary-pushing contemporary black art. Following an Emmy-worthy second season of Dear White People, which was picked up for a third season, and the launch of his new podcast, Don’t @ Me, Justin Simien’s reach is quickly expanding. According to Deadline, the writer-director has signed a deal with Lionsgate Television Group to develop more original content.

The deal, which was announced July 10 would see Simien both developing and producing original programming for Lionsgate Television Group. Simien’s relationship with Lionsgate dates back t0 2014 when the media titan released his directorial debut Dear White People and produced the spinoff series for Netflix.

Simien is the latest creative to ink a deal with Lionsgate, which has secured TV deals with Dear White People’s showrunner, Yvette Lee Bowser, and Power showrunner Courtney Kemp.

In a statement to Deadline, Simien expressed his delight at his new deal. Lionsgate embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to ground-breaking original content for its audiences,” he said. “I couldn’t be more excited to expand my collaboration with Kevin, Chris and the rest of the television team on exciting new projects that speak to our diverse viewers while continuing to push the envelope creatively.”


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