HBO Inks Deal with BROWN GIRLS
June 8, 2017 by Mike McNamara
Yet another web series out of Chicago has been picked up for development to series. Following in the footsteps of TEACHERS, which started as a snackable web series before receiving a series deal from TVLand, the critically acclaimed OpenTV web series BROWN GIRLS is headed to HBO.
BROWN GIRLS writer Fatimah Asghar and director Samantha Bailey have secured a development deal with HBO to bring an untitled series based on BROWN GIRLS to television screens. The show will be produced by 3Arts and MXN Entertainment.
BROWN GIRLS is centered on the friendship between Leila (Nabila Hossain), a queer Muslim woman, and Patricia (Sonia Denis), a young black woman, as they explore their identities and contextualize their relationships. In a recent interview with the magazine Jezebel, Bailey said comparisons to BROAD CITY and GIRLS weren’t entirely accurate, noting that Brown Girls “fall[s] in with AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, with INSECURE and ATLANTA. These are young people of color who are fully involved in telling their version of their story.”
“People started hearing the title and being like, ‘Is it like GIRLS?’” Asghar said in an interview with THE FADER. “And I was like, ‘No! I haven’t seen GIRLS.’ If anything, my beef with it is through my friends, [who are] women of color let down by the series.” This team, comprised almost exclusively of women, LGBTQ artists, and people of color, has a different vision in mind.
“The young women remind me so much of the interracial friendships I have and how they really help shape the woman I am,” added Bailey in their interview with THE FADER. “It's rare for us to see women of color of different ethnicities sharing space together, especially in a loving way-without much conflict.”
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org and Programming Associate for U.S. Narrative Features at the Sundance Film Festival. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.