Russell Simmons Inks Two-Year Deal With HBO

Russell Simmons

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has reportedly inked a two-year first-look deal with HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal will allow Simmons to create and develop projects for the premium cable network, which aired his Def Comedy Jam from 1992-97 and from 2006-08.
As part of the deal, he will submit his projects exclusively to HBO. But, if the network is not interested in moving forward, he has the opportunity to shop the project elsewhere.
Simmons has been cuttinghis teeth in TV for the last decade, executive producing "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," on HBO; "Run's House," starring his younger brother Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons on MTV; and the Run's House spin-off, "Daddy's Girls," also on MTV.
He also executive produced the film Waist Deep, which dropped in 2006 and starred Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good and Game.

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