LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies and Tracey E. Edmonds, President and COO of Our Stories Films announced today plans to produce their new film based on the hit reality show Basketball Wives.
The film will be loosely based on the lives of Basketball Wives star and fan favorites Shaunie O'Neal and her friends, and will follow the life of a young woman and her boyfriend as the couple deals first hand with relocation following his NBA draft and the tests and trials that come with being together in professional sports.
"We're proud that we've been successful in demonstrating the talent and creativity among our African American actors, writers, and directors," says producer Tracey E. Edmonds. "Going much further than the series, the film will have the ability to dig deeper into the personal challenges that couples face while living in the world of professional sports. It promises to be rich and unpredictable in story and will feature empowered characters that will be relatable to a broad audience," she concludes.
"I am delighted about the new production from Our Stories Films," says Bob Johnson. "Tracey continues to be a top producer in Hollywood and has a vision for bringing together top talent, writers and actors, as proven by the success of Jumping the Broom. I'm looking forward to the release and development of our new project and to bringing this hit show to an audience nationwide."
About The RLJ Companies: Founded by Robert L. Johnson, The RLJ Companies is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment trust, private equity, financial services, asset management, insurance services, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information visit: www.rljcompanies.com.
Our Stories Films, LLC: Our Stories Films is the first African American owned film production studio that produces theatrical motion pictures that showcase the talents of African Americans on both sides of the camera and in the creative process. Founded in 2006, Our Stories Films is headquartered in Hollywood, CA, and targets underserved, urban audiences within the family and urban comedy genre with a production budget of $5M–$7M per film. In May 2011,Our Stories Films in collaboration with TriStar, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, produced and released Jumping the Broom, which debuted number three during the opening box office weekend.
For additional information please visit: www.ourstoriesfilms.com.
Contact: Traci Otey Blunt, 240.744.7858 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE The RLJ Companies