Yvette Lee Bowser (Black-ish, Living Single) has joined Netflix’s Dear White People as executive producer alongside Stephanie Allain (Dear White People) and Julia Lebedev (Dear White People)
Based on the highly acclaimed indie film that that took theaters by storm in 2014, the upcoming half-hour comedy has received a 10-episode order. Simien will write the adaptation and direct the first episode of the series. He will also serve as executive producer alongside Allain, Bowser, and Lebedev.
Bowser has created and sold over twenty five pilots for television over the past fifteen years, and became the first African American woman to develop her own prime-time series in 1992 with the hit classic Living Single. She is also known for writing and producing Half & Half, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, Lipstick Jungle, For Your Love, and A Different World. Bowser created her own company, Sister Lee Productions, and is currently a writer and consulting producer on ABC’s hit series Black-ish.
So far, the cast of the Dear White People series includes Brandon P. Bell (Ascension), who will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks from the 2014 indie feature, and Logan Browning (Powers) has also joined as Samantha White (previously played by Tessa Thompson in the original film). Samantha is a biracial film major at an Ivy League school whose radio show ‘Dear White People’ lands her a spot in a campus political movement.
The Dear White People movie satire, was written, directed, and produced by Simien, who made the initial concept trailer using his tax refund. The trailer went viral on YouTube, garnering over a million views and $50,000 in donations from fans around the world. The crowd funded movie went on to win the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and an Independent Spirit award for Best First Screenplay.
We are certainly looking forward to this project! Check out the original trailer for the film below.