Queen Latifah Partners With Audible in a First-Look Deal

Queen Latifah Partners With Audible in a First-Look Deal

Audible has recently announced that it has partnered with Dana Owens, also known as rapper, entrepreneur, and actress Queen Latifah and her production company, Flavor Unit.

The partnership between Audible and Flavor Unit is a multi-project first-look development deal. Audible and Flavor Unit will create a slate of audio-only original projects.

“We are so excited to collaborate with Audible on a collection of shows that will highlight different communities, community leaders, and friends of mine. A common thread within all of these shows will be to share stories that bring hope and entertainment to those at home who’ve had a tough year, ” Queen Latifah says in a written statement.

The first project is titled, Streets, Rhymes & Sugar: A Hip-Hop Memoir by entrepreneur and screenwriter Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar, Just Wright, Like Mike).  This Audible Original is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2021. This project will chronicle Elliot’s path from when he was a homeless teenager roaming the streets of Philadelphia to becoming a successful screenwriter. Elliot will also be releasing a scripted romantic comedy, Technically Speaking, which will be about a single mother who falls for the founder of the big tech company she works for in Silicon Valley.

Zola Mashariki, Head of Audible Studios, commented: “Profoundly talented, multi-hyphenate, Newark native Queen Latifah has always honed in on culturally relevant, representative and hugely entertaining content. Having worked with Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Flavor Unit for years across various film and TV projects, I’ve had a front row seat to watching their creative magic at work. We absolutely can’t wait to create and innovate with them on a slew of new audio projects.” She continued, “The Newark community is at the core of Audible’s DNA so we’re especially excited to have Queen Latifah cover social activism in her hometown and beyond with Unity in the Community.”

Queen Latifah will also be doing her own 7-part episodic series, which will be Unity in the Community. She goes in search of good news as she focuses on community activists who are the glue that keeps their neighborhoods together. Each 30-minute episode will focus on an activist who is making concrete plans that can be modeled in other communities.

 

Queen Latifah Partners With Audible in a First-Look Deal

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