Freeform has closed a script-to-series deal for Party Girls, a half-hour, single-camera coming-of-age dramedy inspired by the true story of Ericka Suzanne, daughter of the first female leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown. The project hails from writer Dayna Lynne North (Insecure), Platform One Media, Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (grown-ish, black-ish) and Picture It Productions.
Set in Oakland in the 1970s, Party Girls follows Ericka’s attempt to survive her adolescence as her mother rises in the Party. The plot explores an unconventional mother-daughter relationship, balancing the stakes of the movement with the humor inherent in coming-of-age, and asking the question how do you rebel when your mom is leading a rebellion?
North will pen the script and serve as executive producer/showrunner should the project go to series, contingent on script approval. Elisa Ellis executive produces for Platform One Media, along with Fishburne and Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions and Lance Krall and Peter Siaggas of Picture It Productions.
Platform One, run by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh, just got its first series green light at Apple for a sci-fi drama from Simon Kinberg and David Weil.
Cinema Gypsy, which produces ABC’s black-ish and its Freeform spinoff grown-ish, recently made a deal with Universal Cable Prods. to executive produce Bronzeville as a TV Series along with TateMen Entertainment. Fishburne and Sugland are repped by Paradigm and attorneys Nina Shaw and Jeff Finkelstein.
North is an executive producer on HBO’s Insecure, which is going into its fourth season. Her other writing credits include Switched at Birth and Veronica Mars. She is repped by CAA and attorneys Patti Felker and Dave Ryan.
The Atlanta-based Picture It Prods. recently sold a Josh Reims military medical drama to CBS with Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS TV Studios. The company is repped by Paradigm and attorneys Jonathan Moonves & Gordon Bobb.
Suzanne is repped by the Law Office of Adia Z. May, P.C.