*Production company Electus and Emmy award-winning actress Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment are teaming up to develop television’s first docu-style travelogue about and starring women – Friends in Strange Places (wt) – spotlighting the global adventures of female comedians and their famous friends.
The series will be executive produced by Flavor Unit’s Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere; Electus’ Chris Grant and Drew Buckley; Allison Mandell Hudson (repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners); and Randi Michel. Queen Latifah is repped by Shakim Compere, CAA and Randi Michel.
Featuring some of entertainment’s brightest and most hilarious female comics and their real-life celebrity friends, each episode will document the international travels and escapades of a pair of female stars. The series will celebrate the dynamism of friendships among women as they go off the beaten path – relying on their bond, comic relief and the thrill of making new memories – to sample bizarre cuisines, navigate foreign languages and unfamiliar cultural traditions, and use unconventional modes of transportation as they traverse the farthest corners of the world.
Through humorous and authentic conversations in unusual scenarios, viewers will be given unique insight into who these women are both in front of and behind the camera.
Said Latifah, “There are so many funny, brilliant women in this industry, and – with plenty of successful male-driven travel series out there – a comedic docu-series about sisterhood and adventure is just the type of uncharted territory we want to plant our flag in. I’m so excited to develop a show that not only elevates and highlights female comedians, but also brings them together for an amazing time that will also be a trip for viewers.”
Added Grant and Buckley in a joint statement, “This creative provides a hilarious, unique and personal look at the power of female friendships, and we can’t imagine a more ideal partner, and consummate dynamo, than Queen Latifah and her incredible team at Flavor Unit. We’re excited to take out to the marketplace a project that brings such a fresh perspective.”
Electus is a full-service production studio that creates, produces and sells domestically and internationally a broad range of scripted and unscripted entertainment and branded content to broadcast, cable and digital/OTT platforms around the world. With talent, production and distribution under one roof, the company’s series include Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC), Bear Grylls: Face the Wild (Facebook Watch), Wrong Man (Starz), The Toy Box (ABC), Jane the Virgin (The CW), Flaked (Netflix), Darkness (Discovery) and Winsanity (GSN).
Also under the Electus banner are companies Artists First (fka Principato Young Entertainment), Big Breakfast (Adam Ruins Everything for truTV, I Want My Phone Back for Facebook Watch) and Notional (the acclaimed Chopped franchise for Food). Electus has been a pioneer of developing innovative business models that team prolific brands and commerce partners – including Mattel, Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Procter & Gamble – to create global formats with universal appeal. Additionally, the company has struck strategic investment deals with such companies as Hudsun Media (House of DVF for E!) and Tim Puntillo’s Rio Bravo (Food Fighters for NBC).
Electus International’s robust distribution business represents more than 4,000 hours of content sold to more than 220 countries around the world, with Electus Digital creating and distributing original content focused on comedy and animation – including famed CollegeHumor.com as well as Dorkly and Drawfee – and spearheading marketing and media campaigns for leading brands and advertisers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IAC]. For more information, visit www.electus.com.
About Flavor Unit Entertainment
Flavor Unit Entertainment is a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere. Flavor Unit Entertainment, has established itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing Disney’s box office # 1 hit “Bringing Down the House” and have since worked on films such as “Beauty Shop” for MGM, “The Perfect Holiday” for Paramount, “The Cookout” with Lionsgate, and “Just Wright” with Fox Searchlight.
On the small screen, they executive produced HBO’s critically acclaimed film “Life Support” which garnered a number of awards including an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe win for Queen Latifah. Partnering again with HBO, Flavor Unit co-produced the networks’ 2015 original film “Bessie,” which went on to garner numerous accolades including a 2015 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Movie, a 2015 Emmy for Best Television Movie and earned Queen Latifah a 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of the title role.
Most recently, Latifah and Compere produced “The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story,” “The Best Place to Be,” “Curvy Style with Timothy Snell,” “The Perfect Match,” “The Rap Game,” and the annual VH1 special “Dear Mama.”