Mary J. Blige and her Blue Butterfly Production Company have inked first-look and second-look deal with BET. With her first look, Blige will develop unscripted projects for the network and for her second-look she will develop scripted projects.
Under Blige’s non-scripted deal with BET, Blue Butterfly is developing The Wine Down, a new talk show that she will host. On her show she will connect with some of Hollywood’s most popular and outspoken people in entertainment, sports, social media, and politics to have unfiltered and controversial conversations over an uncorked bottle of wine. Taraji P. Henson and Yung Miami of the City Girls will be among the first guests. Other talent will be announced at a later date.
The Wind Down is executive produced by Blige and her partners Ashaunna Ayars and Nicole Jackson, as well as Lisa Erspalmer, and John and Jordan Davis of Davis Entertainment.
“As we strive to provide our audience with the best in biopics and documentaries, we are poised to remain at the forefront in offering high-quality, authentic on-screen portrayals of the lives of the culture’s most significant Black talent; and we are proud to supercharge the portfolio of content through our collaboration with Mary J. Blige’s production company, Blue Butterfly,” says Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, BET. “Throughout her legendary career, Mary has blazed trails to become a global superstar. With Blue Butterfly, Mary develops awe-inspiring stories of the Black experience while uniquely using music to set the foundation. Mary has been a vital part of the BET family and we are eager to see our partnership flourish through this partnership.”
Blue Butterfly Productions is a film, TV, and digital content company Mary J. Blige founded in 2019. Through the banner, she is expanding her career of telling stories through music, to creating diverse stories and narratives for all audiences on film.
Blue Butterfly recently executive produced her documentary with Amazon Studios, Mary J. Blige’s My Life. They also launched the inaugural sold-out “Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit” in May. Currently, they are in development on various TV and film projects including the film Real Love with Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television.
“BET has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my career,” said Blige. “Being able to now create together, for them to be so supportive of my vision for the type of content I will create, is something I am grateful and excited for. We already have multiple projects in the works and there is much more to come.”
In addition to her partnership with BET, Blue Butterfly has a first-look scripted TV deal with Lionsgate Television.
As an actor, Blige stars as the matriarch of the Tejada family, Monet in the Starz hit series Power Book II: Ghost. It was recently announced the show will premiere its third season on March 17.