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Halle Berry and Lena Waithe to Executive Produce Boomerang Series on BET Networks from Paramount Television


Academy Award®-winning actress, Halle Berry, and Emmy®
Award-winning screenwriter/producer, Lena Waithe, have signed on
as executive producers for the BOOMERANG series.

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Produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television, the 10-episode
half-hour series will premiere in 2019 on BET. Ben Cory Jones is
attached as showrunner and will executive produce the series along with
Rishi Rajani from Hillman Grad Productions, Berry and Waithe. Waithe and
Jones co-wrote the pilot episode and Dime Davis will direct the pilot
episode as well as additional episodes including the finale.

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, this new series will
follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer's son and Marcus and Angela
Graham's daughter as they try to step out of their parents' shadows and
make a legacy of their own.

"I'm thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a
doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own
right. I'm truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and
beloved film to the small screen," said Berry.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original
story," said Waithe. "There's no point in trying to remake a classic. It
can't be done. So we want to create something fresh that speaks to a new
generation. We hope people will come to the show with an open mind and
ready to embrace the new world we've created!"

"Partnering an icon such as Halle with a disruptor like Lena is a
perfect blend for the creation of a project that tells a classic tale in
a relevant voice," said Scott Mills, President, BET Networks. "This
partnership demonstrates BET's commitment to the continued elevation of
the brand, collective creativity and authentic storytelling."

Halle Berry has garnered praise not only for her numerous leading roles,
but for her work with a range of influential organizations. For her
brilliant performance in Monster's Ball, Berry won an Academy
Award for "Best Actress," as well as a SAG Award, the Berlin Silver Bear
Award and was named "Best Actress" by the National Board of Review.
Berry was also nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Actress" for her
role in Frankie and Alice and previously earned an Emmy, Golden
Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Awards for her extraordinary performance in
HBO's telefilm, INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, which she also produced.
Berry joined the prestigious list of actresses starring in the James
Bond franchise with her role of "Jinx" in Die Another Day
opposite Pierce Bronson, which also marked Bond's 40th
anniversary and is one of the top five grossing Bond movies of
all time.

She will next be seen in Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 3 as an
assassin named "Sofia" opposite Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston. The
movie is set for release May 17, 2019. It was also recently announced
that Berry is set to make her feature directorial debut with Bruised in
which she will also star. The plot will follow a disgraced MMA fighter
who must fight a rising MMA star while becoming the mother her child
deserves. The movie will begin production in March of next year. Berry
recently starred in 20th Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle
starring alongside Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Julianne
Moore, Mark Strong and Jeff Bridges.

Berry is also an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center
in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists
victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in
the lives of women and children. Berry's other charitable efforts
include the Diabetes Aware Campaign and the Make-A-Wish Foundation among

Emmy® Award winning writer, creator and actress Lena Waithe,
first made headlines in front of the camera as Denise in the critically
acclaimed Netflix series MASTER OF NONE. Waithe co-wrote the
"Thanksgiving" episode, for which she received an Emmy® Award
in the category of "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" and a NAACP
Image Award nomination. She currently serves as creator and executive
producer of the Showtime drama series THE CHI. As a writer, producer,
Waithe's credits include STEP SISTERS and DEAR WHITE PEOPLE.
Waithe's upcoming projects include TWENTIES which she created, wrote and
will produce for TBS and QUEEN & SLIM which she wrote, starring
Daniel Kaluuya and directed by Melina Matsoukas. She also has THEM a
horror anthology series for Amazon and HBO's Untitled Kid Fury Project,
both of which she will produce.

Most recently, Ben Cory Jones was a writer/producer on the acclaimed HBO
comedy series, INSECURE starring and executive produced by Issa Rae.
Between seasons one and two of working with Rae on INSECURE he was a
writer on the prestige series, UNDERGROUND for WGN, produced by John
Legend and created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. The action-packed
historical drama depicted the lives of enslaved people in the American
South. Jones and Waithe are both producers on the Netflix comedy, STEP
SISTERS, which is currently one of the top-ranked films on the streaming

Rishi Rajani recently left his Film/TV executive role at Jeff Robinov's
Sony-based company, Studio 8, to join Waithe as Hillman Grad
Production's VP of Production and Development.

Dime Davis is a Texas-bred storyteller who has been a writer on the last
two seasons of Lena Waithe's hit Showtime drama THE CHI. As a writer
Dime has worked for other outlets such as TBS, Lionsgate, Hulu, and
Centric TV and directed numerous independent projects including shorts,
music videos, and web series. As part of AFI's prestigious Directing
Workshop for Women, and in collaboration with her creative partner, Elle
Lorraine, Dime wrote and directed her short film, Sugar which is
currently being developed into a feature film. Most recently, their film
the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, earned an official selection
at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, and
was awarded the coveted Best Short Short Award at the renowned Aspen
Shortsfest '18.

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About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA, VIA.B)), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be
seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom,
sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American
consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music,
culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment
network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET
Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's
growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games
and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which
operates BET Networks around the globe.

About Paramount Television

Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a
wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across
all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio's robust
slate includes Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" (Amazon), "13 Reasons Why"
(Netflix), "Maniac" (Netflix), "Shooter" (USA), "Berlin Station" (EPIX),
"The Alienist" (TNT), "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix), "Catch-22"
(Hulu), "First Wives Club" (Paramount Network), "Looking for Alaska"
(Hulu), "Briarpatch" (USA), "Boomerang" (BET), "Dream Team" (BET), "The
Contender" (EPIX) and "Snow Crash" (Amazon), among others. Paramount
Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global
producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of
Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA)), a global content company with premier
television, film and digital entertainment brands.

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