Producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) has acquired the rights to The Cheetah Girls author Deborah Gregory’s Catwalk young adult book series to develop it as a TV show. Search is underway for a writer to write the adaptation, with Collins serving as executive producer through his Jesse Collins Entertainment shingle.
For Catwalk, Gregory tapped into her background as a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology and former runway model in Europe. The books reflect her upbeat urban voice and and described as a fierce introduction to a fashion world where fabulosity trumps waist size, and there truly is room for everyone. Catwalk follows Pashmina, Felinez, Angora, and Aphro, four best friends at Manhattan’s Fashion International High School who are about to enter the contest of their lives. Each year, students split up into Fashion Houses and compete to design, produce, and show fully original fashion lines. The winner gets a scholarship, a professional show, and a real shot at a career in fashion. There are three titles in the book series, ‘Catwalk’, ‘Catwalk: Strike A Pose’ and ‘Catwalk: Rip The Runway.’
Catwalk also would be looking to tap into the long-time popularity of fashion-themed shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. The project falls outside of the first-look deal Collins recently inked with BET Networks where his production company does the BET Awards, The BET Honors, BET Hip Hop Awards and the upcoming UNCF An Evening Of Stars. Collins is repped by ICM Partners, the Collins Jackson Agency, Niles Kirchner Management, Richard Thompson and Alan Hergott.
In addition to writing the hugely successful 16-book Cheetah Girls series, Gregory co-produced The Cheetah Girls, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World movies for the Disney Channel. She is repped by Leslie Conliffe at Intellectual Property Group in Los Angeles.