EXCLUSIVE: Freedom Road Productions, the outfit run by Common and his manager/partner Derek Dudley, has appointed Shelby Stone as President of Production. She comes from Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, where with the same title she was an executive producer on HBO’s Bessie and Lackawanna Blues and the VH1 series Single Ladies among other credits.
Before that, Stone was SVP and executive producer at Foxx King Productions. She also ran her own production company, Shelby Stone Prods, for 13 years.
Last fall, Common signed a two-year first-look deal in TV at HBO. Under the pact, the actor-musician is developing and producing projects for the premium cable network through Freedom Road. That came after he received his first scripted pilot order as a producer at Showtime for a Chicago-set drama from writer Lena Waithe.
“We are more than enthusiastic to have Shelby Stone as our President of Production,” said Common. “We are confident that she will elevate Freedom Road and help crystallize our visions for what we want to achieve in film, theater, and television.”
Common is repped by CAA, Dudley and attorney David Fox.