EXCLUSIVE: Nothing better than a story about a man and his dog. Netflix has given a series order to It’s Bruno!, a comedy from Solvan “Slick” Naim (The Blacklist, Animal Kingdom, Power) who also stars, along with his beloved canine companion Bruno. The eight-episode series, from Stage 13, SLI Entertainment and Phiphen Pictures, premieres May 17 on Netflix.
Created by, directed and executive produced by Naim, the show follows dog lover Malcolm (Naim), his best friend and canine companion Bruno, and the hilarious adventures that take place on their vibrant Brooklyn block.
The cast also includes Rob Morgan (Mudbound, Daredevil, Luke Cage), and Shakira Barrera (GLOW, Lethal Weapon, Queen of the South). Molly Conners, Amanda Bowers, and Vincent Morano are producers.
Naim is an award-winning Algerian-American writer, director and rapper from Bushwick, Brooklyn. His debut feature, Full Circle, which he wrote, co-directed, starred in, edited and produced won five festival awards including the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Festival and was acquired by eOne. At 22, he became the youngest feature film producer, with the lowest budget, registered with the New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting at the time. Stanhope, which he wrote and directed, was one of five shorts selected by HBO for the HBO Short Film Competition created exclusively for the American Black Film Festival and took home the grand prize for Best Film. It also won Best Director and Audience Awards. at NBC Universal’s Short Fest.
Naim was selected by Sony Pictures, Fox and NBC as a participant in their Diverse Directors TV Program in 2015-16 and since has directed on the Netflix’s The Get Down with Baz Luhrmann, Starz’s Power, FX’s Snowfall and NBC’s The Blacklist, among others. Naim is repped by Fourth Wall Management, CAA and Ziffren Law.
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