AT&T’s Audience Network has given a formal series green light to Ice, handing a 10-episode order to the project from Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films and Entertainment One about the world of diamond traders in downtown Los Angeles. Fuqua will direct the first episode and serve as executive producer on the show, which begins production this month for a premiere later this year.

Ice, named after the slang word for diamonds, is written and executive produced by Robert Munic (Fighting). It is described as a high-impact, serialized crime drama that follows the Green family as they plunge into the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade. Jake and Freddy are half-brothers brought together by their father Isaac, the patriarch behind G&G Diamonds, and their uncle Cam. After wild card Freddy kills a prominent diamond dealer, Jake must bail him out and save the family business while maneuvering among jewelry thugs, blood diamond deals, false certificates and the feds.

The streets and the underbelly of L.A. are familiar territory for Fuqua, who explored them in his 2001 movie Training Day.

“I’ve been interested in this idea for several years and am thrilled to have found such great partners to bring this project to fruition,” said Fuqua. “I’m always looking for projects that explore worlds that audiences think they know, and then shining an authentic light on them, and with Ice we’re going to do both.”

Ice originally was set up at Audience two years ago with Fuqua, Alcon Entertainment and a different script featuring different characters by different writers, Ron Bass and Vince Gerardis.

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Ice has truly been a labor of love for us as we have been cultivating and evolving this project with Antoine Fuqua for more than two years,” said Christopher Long, SVP Original Content and Production at AT&T.

eOne will produce the show in association with AT&T and also controls international rights to the series.

“We are delighted to deepen our longstanding relationship with AT&T and establish an exciting new one with Fuqua Films,” said Pancho Mansfield, president of Global Scripted Programming at eOne, which also produces Audience’s Rogue, just picked up for a fourth and final season.