HBO Inks Deal With Simmons, Lathan

HBO entered a new development deal with longtime friends of the network, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan. The two will team with the network to develop scripted series, comedy specials and multi-platform projects, all executive-produced through their production company, Simmons Lathan Media Group.

Simmons and Lathan first paired with HBO in 1989 on the series Def Comedy Jam,and currently executive-produce the series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, back for a new season later this year.