Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts is partnering with Lifetime to produce original movies under her own banner, Robin Roberts Presents.
The agreement is part of Lifetime’s goal to increase their number of TV movies, with a goal of 75 films for 2019.
Roberts’ film projects will include both documentaries and scripted content, with the first of Roberts’ films focusing on civil rights figure and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and Alexis Manigo, an adult survivor of kidnapping. Bettina Gilois will write the script for the Jackson film and Michele Samit and Richard Kletter will write the Manigo script.
Both films will have accompanying documentaries produced by Lincoln Square Productions for Lifetime and Roberts’ Rock’n Robin production company.
They have also teamed with Bishop T.D. Jakes for a Seven Deadly Sins antholgoy series, based on the book by Victoria Christopher Murray.
Here are the full details for the projects below:
ROBIN ROBERTS PRESENTS
Robin Roberts will executive produce a series of movies and documentaries for Lifetime under the banner, Robin Roberts Presents. Based on true events, the movies and documentaries will explore stories that inspire and educate audiences. The first of these projects will focus on African American Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson whose inspirational music and unwavering faith were a great support for Martin LUTHER King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Robin Roberts executive produces the movie alongside Linda Berman of Lincoln Square Productions. The script is written by Bettina Gilois.
The second project focuses on the true story of Alexis Manigo, who at age 18, discovers her real name is Kamiyah Mobley and that she had been abducted as a baby from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital. Robin Roberts executive produces alongside Linda Berman of Lincoln Square Productions, Gary Randall, Michele Samit and Richard Kletter. Samit and Kletter also serve as writers for the script.
Each movie will be followed by a companion documentary, featuring some of the real-life characters depicted in the films. The docs will be executive produced by Robin Roberts and John R. Green as a production collaboration between Rock’n Robin and Lincoln Square Productions for Lifetime.
SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Lifetime re-teams with producer Bishop T.D. Jakes (Faith Under Fire) for an anthology series Seven Deadly Sins, based on the book series by Victoria Christopher Murray. Three movies – Lust, Envy, and Greed – have been commissioned for production to debut next year. The movies are executive produced by T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson.
LUST – Tiffanie is about to have the wedding of her dreams to her soul mate, the dashing Damon King. But when Damon’s old friend Trey arrives, Tiffanie’s whole world gets rocked. Sexy and mysterious, Trey triggers a passion in Tiffanie that she never expected, and suddenly the life she’s always planned with Damon is uncertain. But Trey still carries wounds from his history with Damon, and his intentions toward both Tiffanie and Damon are not to be trusted.
ENVY – Gabrielle has it all – a devoted husband, a beautiful daughter, and one of the best PR firms in the country. When Gabrielle’s father suddenly reveals she has a half-sister, Keisha, as a result of a brief affair, only-child Gabrielle is delighted to welcome her into her life. But Keisha, who grew up with nothing, wants more than a sisterly bond from Gabrielle – she wants her life, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
GREED – Zuri always felt that she deserved more: a better job, more money, fancy clothes, designer handbags, among other things. What she did have is an amazing boyfriend, local artist Stephon, who is struggling to break through with his art. A chance meeting leads Zuri to be courted professionally by a number of powerful men who offer tantalizing glimpses of the life she thinks she should have, but each requires small compromises that start to undermine Zuri’s relationships with the people she loves. Ultimately, Zuri’s greed draws her into a web of deceit, with consequences she never could have imagined.