OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has inked a first-look deal with executive producer Carlos King’s Kingdom Reign Entertainment. The pact will see Kingdom Reign Entertainment developing original unscripted series that will be available exclusively on OWN, with King as executive producer.
King has more than a decade of unscripted production under his belt, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and he’s the creator and executive producer of OWN’s popular Saturday night unscripted series Love & Marriage: Huntsville and Behind Every Man, as well as the network’s Belle Collective, which premiered in January.
“Carlos and his team understand what it means to create addictive and entertaining unscripted television that connects with our viewers,” said Tina Perry, president OWN. “With the success of our expanded unscripted lineup to two nights, we look forward to our continued partnership with Carlos to develop buzzy new shows with big characters that attract audiences.”
“At Kingdom Reign Entertainment, our goal is to develop and provide entertaining stories featuring successful African Americans in every corner of the country, with bold personalities that ignite something in all of us. We can’t think of better collaborators than OWN with which to accomplish this,” said King.
According to the network, Love & Marriage: Huntsville, which features three dynamic power couples living in Huntsville, Alabama is currently Saturday night’s #1 original cable series for women and the #1 series across broadcast and cable for African American viewers. During its five-week first cycle last fall, Behind Every Man was one of the top three cable telecasts in its timeslot among African American women. King’s latest show, Belle Collective, which focuses on the lives of five boss women in Jackson, Mississippi, delivered the network’s highest rated unscripted series debut in nearly two years with its January premiere and ranked #1 in its Friday night slot across all of cable with African American women.