Universal Television has closed a new first-look deal with writer/director Malcolm D. Lee for both comedy and drama projects.

Quote from Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe: “I first met Malcolm 20 years ago when he was a bourgeoning filmmaker with his short ‘Morningside Prep.’ His talent was evident back then so it is no wonder he has become such a successful filmmaker. I’m looking forward to our rekindled collaboration and making up for lost time.”

Quote from Malcolm D. Lee: “I am very excited to finally expand my storytelling in the vast space that is television. Having spent the first 20 years of my career immersed in feature film I really am ready to lend my voice to scripted television where I hope to continue to tell complex and diverse stories on a broader canvas. I am overwhelmed with excitement of working with Pearlena Igbokwe and her team to bring forth stories about which I am passionate. I cannot wait to get started.”

Lee has directed the box office hit Girls Trip and wrote and directed the Best Man franchise for Universal Pictures.

More about Malcolm D. Lee
Malcolm D. Lee made history in July 2017 as the director and producer of Girls Trip, the first film with a full African American creative team in front of and behind the camera to surpass the $100 million mark at the box-office. Last summer’s runaway hit starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and the much lauded newcomer Tiffany Haddish, who has won several awards for her performance in the film, has grossed over $140,000,000 worldwide. Lee’s other credits include The Best Man (1999), which opened at No. 1 in the box office, and, to raves from critics and audiences alike. His other critically acclaimed films include Undercover Brother (2002), Roll Bounce (2005), Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008), Soul Men (2008), The Best Man Holiday (2013), and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). This year, Lee re-teams with Haddish for his upcoming feature Night School (2018) starring Kevin Hart and Haddish. Lee currently has several feature projects in development including Rock the Bells, the next installment of the popular Best Man franchise, The Best Man Wedding, and a feature adaptation of Terry McMillan’s latest novel “I Almost Forgot About You” as a starring vehicle for Viola Davis. Lee’s television credits include directing episodes of the critically acclaimed Shots Fired and Everybody Hates Chris series.

Lee will produce through his Blackmaled Productions banner.