Singer-actress Mary J. Blige has signed a first-look television deal with Lionsgate.
As a part of Blige’s new deal, her production company, Blue Butterfly, will develop and produce TV series for the studio, Variety reports. In addition, the 48-year-old will also be able to create content across Lionsgate platforms.
“Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary, and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Every art she touches blossoms, and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content, Mary, and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit.”
Blige was recently nominated for an Oscar for her role and music in “Mudbound.”She also worked on Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.” “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lionsgate. They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can’t wait to bring all of our projects to life,” said Blige in a statement.
Blige is the most recent name to be added to Lionsgate’s production and development roster. She now joins Courtney Kemp, Jonathan Levine, Matt Kunitz, Mona-Scott Young, Cassian Elwes, the Erwin Brothers, Eugenio Derbez, and Yvette Lee Bowser, among others.