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OWN Sets New Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’s’ Tarell Alvin McCraney

OWN has tabbed Tarell Alvin McCraney to create a new dramatic series, the network said.

McCraney, the co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Moonlight, will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, said OWN.

The series, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, follows a 14-year old prodigy from the projects who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (Revenge/Swingtown) will serve as executive producers alongside Michael B. Jordan (Creed).

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

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R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.