Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have signed a three-year overall deal with Warner Bros TV. The prolific husband and wife team will move to WBTV in May 2016 after two back-to-back overall deals and two hit series at BET. Under the pact, the Akils will develop new series for the studio through their Akil Productions.
At BET, where the Akils have been under overall deals since 2011, Mara created and she and Salim are executive producing Being Mary Jane, the network’s first one-hour scripted series, starring Gabrielle Union. Mara will continue as showrunner, segueing to an executive consultant when her WBTV deal starts.
The duo first joined BET in 2009 when the cable network picked up comedy series The Game, created by Mara and executive produced by the couple, after it was cancelled by the CW. The show’s BET debut set ratings records with 7.7 million viewers. The Game, which has been a game changer for BET and has helped open the mainstream doors for series with black casts, ends its nine-season run tonight. Salim has served as director of both Being Mary Jane and The Game.
Mara Brock Akil also created and executive produced Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons on The CW. Salim Akil directed features Sparkle starring Whitney Houston, and Jumping The Broom starring Angela Bassett, for Sony.
The Akils are repped by ICM Partners and Stephen Barnes at Morris Yorn.