‘cookies & Milk,’ Lively Collection Based Totally At The Drawing Close Book By Shawn Amos, Inside The Works At Disney From Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions And Jesse James Movies


“Cookies & Milk,” an original lively series primarily based on the impending middle grade novel of the equal name via Shawn Amos, is in improvement at Disney Branded Television’s animation studio, Disney Television Animation. The government manufacturers are Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s “black-ish” and Disney Channel’s upcoming “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”), Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant of Jesse James Films, and Shawn Amos. Brian Egeston (“The Game,” the approaching movie “On A Wing and A Prayer”) is set as co-government producer and tale editor.

The debut novel is semi-autobiographical, stimulated by using the youth of Shawn Amos, a blues musician and the son of iconic Wallace “Wally” Amos Jr., founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie emblem.

In making the announcement, Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said, “It’s an absolute coup to convey Shawn Amos’ heartfelt, funny e book to Disney television screens and, with the guiding imaginative and prescient, credibility and track document of our Cinema Gypsy and Jesse James Films innovative crew, we’re looking ahead to telling this genuine and relatable story approximately belonging, self-popularity and forgiveness.”

Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy stated, “We’re thrilled to be participating with Shawn Amos, Ayo Davis and the talented group at Disney Branded Television. Shawn’s semi-autobiographical novel, ‘Cookies & Milk,’ is partially primarily based on his very own stories developing up because the son of Wally ‘Famous’ Amos. This humorous and heartwarming exploration of summer season fun and friendship, visible thru the eyes of a younger Black boy being raised via his divorced father, is complete of pleasure, self-discovery and an entire lot of unconditional love.”

The “Cookies & Milk” teleplay follows the summer time adventures of harmonica-gambling middle schooler Ellis Johnson as he begrudgingly helps his wildly positive and quite possibly magical father open the sector’s first cookie save in Nineteen Seventies Hollywood, California.

Jesse James Films recently acquired the rights to the e book, which received a six-parent strengthen in a -book deal from the writer Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “Cookies & Milk” is set to be published in Spring 2022.

In a joint declaration, Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant said, “We are so excited to have discovered the right domestic for this display with Disney Television Animation, Laurence and Helen. Shawn has created one of these beautiful reimagining of his youth in a narrative that we hope will universally connect with audiences on and off the web page.”

Shawn Amos said, “What a dream to peer this Black child from Hollywood grow to be a Disney character. I wrote ‘Cookies & Milk’ for my son to help him apprehend his family, his lifestyle and himself. I hope youngsters of all colours will see some thing in their own selves in Ellis. I’m so grateful to Helen, Jesse and Laurence for championing my tale. I realize it’s in correct fingers with them and the deeply creative oldsters at Disney.”

This series greenlight marks the second one lively project at Disney for Cinema Gypsy, which has a primary-look deal with ABC Signature and is in production on “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” for Disney Channel.

Laurence Fishburne and Cinema Gypsy Productions are represented by means of CAA, Landmark Artists Management, and attorneys Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang. Jesse James Films is represented via three Arts Entertainment and Crowe & Dunlevy. Brian Egeston is represented by using supervisor Adam Robinson at The Rookery, The Gersh Agency and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher LLP. Shawn Amos is represented by means of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.

About Cinema Gypsy

Cinema Gypsy Productions, led by using Helen Sugland and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne, changed into based in 2000 with an eye fixed closer to developing tasks that spotlight cultural, racial and gender diversity problems in America. They are the Executive Producers of “black-ish,” the Emmy-nominated and NAACP Award-prevailing ABC display, in addition to its spinoffs, “Grown-ish” and “Mixed-ish.” In 2017, Cinema Gypsy Productions produced the hit podcast collection, “Bronzeville,” about Chicago’s center of Black tradition in the Nineteen Forties. It additionally produced severa nominated and award-triumphing projects such as: “Thurgood” (HBO), “Five Fingers” (Lionsgate), “Akeelah and the Bee” (Lionsgate), “Once inside the Life” (Lionsgate), “Always Out Numbered” (HBO), “Hoodlum” (United Artists), “Miss Evers Boys” (HBO), “Madiba” (BET) and “Snowy Day” (Amazon Studios). Its next endeavor is Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an lively series based totally at the famous comedian e-book series, which these days finished production on season 1 to optimal in early 2023.

About Jesse James Films

Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant founded Jesse James Films, a manufacturing entity that focuses on bringing enticing highbrow assets to the display with an emphasis on diversity-driven content material. Murphy changed into previously the top of development overseeing Marlon Wayans’ and Rick Alvarez’s time period deal at Universal Television. Bryant is the founding companion of the National Litigation Law Group (NLLG) and previous President of ProServ Basketball – a department of ProServ.

About Disney Branded Television

Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and manufacturing and content material advertising and marketing teams answerable for Disney-branded television series, movies and different programming spanning stay-movement, lively and unscripted codecs. The institution fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared towards children, tweens, young adults and families, with testimonies that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective in their international and experiences. Projects encompass: “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Monsters at Work,” “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends.” Disney Branded Television has created some of the maximum iconic and award-winning houses and franchises, together with Peabody Award winners “Doc McStuffins” and “The Owl House”; Emmy Award winners “Big City Greens” and “Elena of Avalor”; the beloved “Mickey Mouse” caricature shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, constructed from more than one hundred titles.

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