Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) and Emmy and Grammy award-winning actress, comedian and best-selling author Tiffany Haddish have entered into a development deal to produce two unscripted series.
The collaboration with Haddish and her She Ready Production Company, who will serve as executive producers on the projects, is part of HMPG’s growing slate of development initiatives within its entertainment unit.
The first original series is a follow doc exploring the intriguing dynamic between successful women who have engaged in romantic, long-term relationships with homeless men. A second untitled project features transformative psychotherapist, author and lecturer Elliott Connie, who recently released his latest book, The Solution Focused Brief Therapy Diamond.
Haddish has more than 100 movie, television and streaming credits for acting, producing and/or writing, including her breakout role in the 2017 comedy Girls Trip and as host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated, two-season Netflix stand-up comedy series Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready. Other credits include The Afterparty, The Last O.G., The Carmichael Show and the forthcoming motion picture Haunted Mansion. Haddish was also the first black female stand-up comedian to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018.
Haddish recently founded The She Ready Foundation to help and support foster kids in need.
“I partnered with HMPG on these projects to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Haddish. “I’ve been unhoused before and I know how hard it is to get back on your feet. I also knew that my situation didn’t define me, nor did it make me believe that I was unworthy or unlovable. Everyone deserves a chance at love and a happy home. That’s why I’m making this show. I want to use my platform to help others who are going through what I went through and give hope to those who need it most. Let’s do this! She Ready!”
“Tiffany is one of the most dynamic and relatable voices in comedy,” said Angelica Rosas McDaniel, HMPG executive vice president and general manager, entertainment. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with her as we expand HMPG’s general market offerings and develop these authentic, inclusive and engaging stories we are committed to telling.”