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Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Carl Weber Team on Multi-Year Deal

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Queen Latifah*New York Times Bestselling author Carl Weber currently has his first book-to-film title playing in theaters. The urban murder mystery, “The Man in 3B,” was produced by Carl’s Urban Books Media, and in a recent interview with the author, he told EUR that he intends to produce many urban titles under his production banner.

“I think anytime you can get an African American book onto any type of a screen, it’s a good thing. That’s one of the reasons why my company is putting out films by other authors. It’s the next logical step in the digital world,” Weber said.

Now Weber’s Urban Books Media has partners with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s One Unit for a multi-year co-production agreement that will cover both film and TV projects, Variety has learned exclusively. The projects will be based on books from Weber’s publishing unit of more than 2,500 titles. Weber has written 26 novels, including 18 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

“The deal unites two amazing teams in a dynamic partnership that will serve our audience on multiple platforms and take Urban Books Media to the next level,” Weber said.

“Great storytelling is what makes Latifah and I so passionate about this business,” Compere said. “Carl Weber tells the stories we cannot get enough of and we are excited for this journey.”

One Unit also partnered with Freestyle Releasing to distribute Weber’s ensemble drama “The Man in 3B,” The film stars Lamman Rucker, Billy Dee Williams and Kellita Smith.

One Unit is part of Compere and Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, which recently teamed with HBO on the Emmy-winning movie “Bessie,” starring Latifah. As Variety notes, Flavor Unit’s producing credits include “The Cookout,” “Just Wright” and “Joyful Noise” on the big screen, and TV movies “Life Support” and “Steel Magnolias.”

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