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Fledling | HBO Max commissions series pilot based on Octavia Butler's novel

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The HBO Max has just announced that it has commissioned the script for the pilot episode of Fledling, based on the novel written by Octavia E. ButlerFledling tells the story of an apparently young woman who, after suffering bouts of amnesia, realizes that she is actually a 53-year-old genetically modified vampire and must fight a group of people who want to destroy her and her neighbors.

The series is executive produced Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton-Odamtten, Issa Rae (by HOORAE), montrel mckay (by HOORAE), JJ Abrams (by Bad Robot) and Ben Stephenson (by Bad Robot). As co-producers are: Rachel Rush Rich (by Bad Robot), Sara Rastogi (by HOORAE) and Ray Ricor. The writers include Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten. the studio is Warner Bros. Television

Former Columbia University and UCLA professors, playwrights and documentarians Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten signed their creative partnership at Yale University, where they both received PhDs in African American Studies, English Studies and Afro- Americans, and Political Science, respectively.

In 2009, Kidd and Winton-Odamtten broke into the industry when they were accepted into Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop. They later worked as writers on the ABC drama “The Whole Truth” and won a writing contract with Warner Horizon Television, through which they acquired the vital rights to Fred Hayman, aka “Mr. Beverly Hills”, story for the dark 1970s soap opera Rodeo Drive.

Shortly thereafter, the GLAAD-appointed writing team ramped up their development plan by selling specs to Showtime for “The 4th Reich” and its dynastic family drama Southern Gothic, which they sold to Lifetime with Catherine Hardwick to direct. .

Finally, last spring, the dynamic duo launched the first, in what will be a series of philanthropic endeavors, Feed Covid-19 Health Workers Challenge, through which they recruited other black Hollywood writers to feed Covid's wards in black hospitals. needy people across the country. Kidd and Winton-Odamtten's long-term goals include partnerships between Hollywood and 501c3 around the world to address issues of medical apartheid, environmental racism and educational disparities.

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