Bronzeville Premieres Feb 7th!
I was very fortunate to part-direct and fully produce this amazing audio drama. The future of audio dramas could change because of this.
SCRIPTED AUDIO DRAMA “BRONZVILLE” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY AND STARRING LAURENCE FISHBURNE AND LARENZ TATE, SET TO PREMIERE ON MULTIPLE DIGITAL AUDIO PLATFORMS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
10-Part Weekly Audio Series Stars Tika Sumpter, Golden Globe Winner Tracee Ellis Ross, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Lance Reddick, Cory Hardict, Lahmard Tate and Brittany Snow, Written by Academy Award® and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson (A History of Violence)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Jan. 12, 2017 – Cinema Gypsy Productions and TateMen Entertainment alongside AudioHQ are set to release the 10-episode scripted audio drama, “Bronzeville,” an unparalleled look into Chicago’s “policy” games of the 1940’s, on Tuesday February 7, 2017. The audio series will premiere hour-long episodes every Tuesday on digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Radio One/Interactive One, TuneIn, SoundCloud and Google Play with new content debuting through April 11, 2017. The audio drama is presented by GEICO, Blue Apron and TBD 3rd Advertiser.
Written by Academy Award® and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson (A History of Violence), “Bronzeville” will chronicle the lives of players in the lottery games while illuminating the self-sustainability of the community’s African American residents. Following the audio drama’s debut, Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishburne, will host a fireside chat on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the New York Spotify offices, in honor of Black History Month. The duo will share the inspiration behind “Bronzeville” with “Today” co-host, Tamron Hall, who will serve as moderator.
All 10 episodes of “Bronzeville” feature original songs from composers, 1500 Or Nothin, a musical ensemble founded by Grammy Award winning producers, Larrance “Rance” Dopson and James Fauntleroy II, with lead production by Lawrence Dopson and Ryan Stockbridge. Executive Producers for “Bronzeville” are Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Larenz Tate, LaRon Tate, Matt Cutair, and Jeff McCarthy, with JP Sarni and Lahmard Tate as Co-Executive Producers. KC Wayland serves as Producer for the audio drama. The podcast will be hosted on the Art19 platform, which allows for dynamic sponsorship messaging and reporting.
Voiced by a roster of all-star talent, the “Bronzeville” cast includes: Larenz Tate (“House of Lies,” Girls Trip) as Jimmy Tillman, Tika Sumpter (“The Have and Have Nots,” Southside With You) as Lisa Copeland, Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish,” Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Curtis “Eyeball” Randolph, Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish,” “Reed Between The Lines”) as Anna Copeland, Wood Harris (“The New Edition Story,” Creed) as Everett Copeland, Omari Hardwick (“Power,” “Being Mary Jane”) as Jesse Copeland, Cory Hardict (American Sniper, Brotherly Love) as Casper Dixon, Lahmard Tate (The Janky Promoters, Rocky Balboa) as Zeke Copeland, Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, “Quantum Break”) as Sammy Manetti, Lance Reddick (“Quantum Break,” John Wick: Chapter Two) as Frank Barnes, Michael Raymond-James (“Lethal Weapon,” “Game of Silence”) as Ben Faulkner, Brittany Snow (“Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” Pitch Perfect 2) as Marjorie, and Affion Crockett (Fifty Shades of Black, The Wedding Ringer) as Tiny and Joe Louis, among many others.
Cinema Gypsy Productions
Cinema Gypsy Productions is a motion picture and television production company founded in 2000 by award-winning actor, producer, writer and director and current President, Laurence Fishburne. He and his longtime manager and producing partner Helen Sugland have produced numerous nominated and award-winning projects including: Thurgood (HBO), Five Fingers (Lionsgate), Akeelah and the Bee (Lionsgate), Once in the Life (Lionsgate), Always Out Numbered (HBO), Hoodlum (United Artists), and Miss Evers Boys (HBO). Currently they produce the ABC-TV hit series black-ish (2017 Golden Globe nominee for Best Musical or Comedy Television Series, 2016 Emmy nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series), Amazon’s Snowy Day and the six-hour miniseries, Madiba for BET Networks, with partners, Blue Ice Pictures and Out of Africa, which will premiere in February 2017.
TateMen Entertainment, toplined by partners Larenz, Lahmard and LaRon Tate, is a multi‐media production company committed to offering quality content for film, television and digital platforms. Together the Tate brothers have amassed 25 years in the entertainment industry. Their current slate of projects as producers include the feature film Deuces, alongside Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Productions and Business Ethics which recently wrapped principal photography in Toronto and is now in post production.
AudioHQ entered the rapidly expanding digital audio advertising marketplace in 2014. The company is focused on developing a premium and exclusive advertising platform that connects advertisers with digital audio advertising inventory and integration opportunities across a targeted line-up of publisher partners. AudioHQ is the exclusive audio ad sales representative for many successful streaming audio services including SoundCloud, MLB At Bat, Slacker Radio, Bloomberg, Jango, Digitally Imported, 977 Music & Triton Digital. The company also has content creation and distribution partnership’s with Paradigm Talent Agency & John Tesh’s, IFYL Group.