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HBO Max sets “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” unscripted reunion special

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Media and HBO Max will mark the 30-year anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with an unscripted special, set to tape Sept. 10. The reunion ...
September 1, 2020

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Media and HBO Max will mark the 30-year anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with an unscripted special, set to tape Sept. 10.

The reunion will premiere on the streamer — which hosts all six seasons of Fresh Prince — around Thanksgiving, and will look back on the cultural impact of the series since it first aired in 1990.

Series star Will Smith will be joined by cast mates such as Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as the recurring DJ Jazzy Jeff for a night of music, dancing and special surprise guests.

Marcus Raboy (Laugh Aid, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?) will direct the special. Rikki Hughes serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser and Brad Haugen are executive producers for Westbrook Media.

The Smiths founded Westbrook Media in 2019 with Melendez and Ko Yada. Led by Haugen, president of the company, Westbrook Media is focused on incubating premium IP across digital, non-scripted linear programs, content-driven branding and marketing and social media management.

The The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is the second such project slated for the streamer. It joins HBO Max’s unscripted Friends reunion special, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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