FIRST LOOK PHOTO OF CYNTHIA ERIVO AS THE QUEEN OF SOUL IN GENIUS: ARETHA

Link to First Look Photo:
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Photo credit: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Eight-Part Limited Series to Premiere May 2020 on National Geographic

(WASHINGTON, DC – DEC. 6, 2019) Today, National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios released a first look photo of triple threat Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “The Color Purple”) as Aretha Franklin during the GENIUS: ARETHA start of production.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her – all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” said Erivo. “I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

The ensemble cast includes Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as C.L. Franklin, David Cross (“Goliath,”,”Arrested Development”) as Jerry Wexler, Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White, Patrice Covington (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Erma Franklin,
Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen, Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”) as Carolyn Franklin and Sanai Victoria (“Black-ish”) as Little Re. The eight-part limited series will premiere on National Geographic in May 2020 in 172 countries and in 43 languages.

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ABOUT GENIUS: ARETHA
GENIUS dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season of the anthology series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world, in the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. Grammy Award winner Franklin was a gospel prodigy and outspoken civil rights champion; she is widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career.

Imagine is partnering with Warner Music Entertainment for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Suzan-Lori Parks is showrunner and executive producer and Anthony Hemingway is executive producer and producing director for the season. Legendary hit record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman have also joined as executive producers. Returning executive producers include Francie Calfo (GENIUS, “Empire”), Ken Biller (GENIUS: EINSTEIN, GENIUS: PICASSO), Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios), and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Diana Son joins as executive producer. In addition, Imagine’s Anna Culp serves as producer alongside Peter Afterman.

Brown Sugar Celebrates the Season With Original Christmas Movies & Holiday Classics

ATLANTA (December 4, 2019) – Brown Sugar, the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, is gearing up for the holidays with the debut of an all-new original Christmas movie, a seasonal curated collection and gift subscription packages to help spread some Christmas cheer.
 
Premiering this month on Brown Sugar is the Bounce original motion picture Every Day But Christmas, starring Queen Sugar‘s Timon Durrett as Jordan Dawkins, a best-selling author who hates everything about Christmas. After Jordan wraps up his latest book tour, fate takes him on a ride outside of his comfort zone and back to a place where he will face his fears, find his faith and ultimately discover the true meaning of Christmas. Additional cast includes Carl Payne (Martin), Antonique Smith (Luke Cage), and Corey Hendrix (The Chi).
 
All-new episodes of the hit comedy series Family Time are available on Brown Sugar every Thursday morning following their weekly premieres on Bounce Wednesday nights at 9pm ET. Complete seasons one through six of the series are available on the service anytime.
 
December’s curated collection, “Tis the Season” features fun holiday flicks such as the Bounce original holiday movie, A Stone Cold Christmas (Demetria McKinney, Andra Fuller), Mahalia Jackson Sings the Songs of ChristmasA Christmas to Remember, The Perfect Gift and many more.
 
Consumers can beat the holiday rush by purchasing one-year subscriptions to Brown Sugar’s vast catalog of classic movies for just $42. Details are available at BrownSugar.com.
 
Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information. Brown Sugar is a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).
 
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