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Kathryn Busby To Head Starz’s Original Programming

Former EVP of TriStar Television Kathryn Busby has been tapped for President of Original Programming at Starz. Busby will report directly to Starz President and CEO Jeffery Hirsch

Busby is now sitting at the helm of the programming and development team, designing the course for Starz’s digital reach around the world. She is honored with the responsibility of their recent mandate; a commitment to showcase narratives that speak to underrepresented audiences. 

Deadline captured a statement from Hirsch and his thoughts about the new President of Original Programming, “Kathryn is an incredible well-seasoned executive who has a long-running track record of developing series with unique voices,” 

Hirsch continued, “We are excited to welcome her to the Starz team where I know she’ll be instrumental in furthering the company’s commitment to delivering programming for women and underrepresented audiences.” Busby will be taking over for Christina Davis, who transitioned away from Starz in June. 

Busby holds 25 years of experience in developing and producing content, reaching across different digital platforms. Throughout her career, Busby has held leadership roles within Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting, New Line Cinema, The Carsey-Werner Company, and Universal Television. 

In a prior Deadline article, Busby stated, “I am inspired by Starz’s dedication and commitment to fearless, unapologetic stories and characters, and I am beyond thrilled to work with the extraordinary team there,”

“The time is now for storytelling that celebrates the full spectrum of humanity, and the place to do it is Starz. This is an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.” Busby said.


Betti Halsell, senior writer | Hollywood Melanin

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Watch: Penny is All Grown Up in ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Trailer

Disney+ has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated animated series reboot. The streaming platform is bringing back The Proud Family  20 years later, with the original cast reprising their roles.

The show will continue to tell the story of Penny Proud and her family – parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings, and grandma Suga Mama.

Returning voices include Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez.

Joining the cast are Keke Palmer as young activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Asante Blackk as Penny’s boyfriend Kareem.

The returning series will also feature guest voice-overs from stars such as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Tiffany Haddish, and Cedric the Entertainer among others.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder premieres Feb. 23 on Disney+. Check out the trailer below.

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Mary J Blige’s Most Memorable roles: From Guest Appearances to an Oscar Nomination

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Mary J Blige has been a music icon for many years now. With 13 studio albums and many awards, she has made her name known across the globe. Today, however, her portfolio includes not only music-related accolades. The R&B queen is making significant strides in the television and film industry. One of the biggest of them was her 2018 Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound. And this is just the beginning!

Here are Blige’s most memorable television and movie roles thus far.

I Can Do All Bad By Myself (2009)

Mary J Blige Acting Timeline

Tyler Perry gave Blige her first feature film role. She played an inspiring singing bartender at the nightclub. Before this, the singer/songwriter only had cameos on television. I Can Do All Bad By Myself also starred Taraji P. Henson.

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The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey: New Series Starring Samuel L. Jackson Gets Premiere Date & First-Look Images

Apple TV+ has announced the premiere date and released the first-look images for its new limited series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. The six-episode drama stars Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson in the titular role. BAFTA-nominated Dominique Fishback (Judas and The Black Messiah) will join the Hollywood heavyweight.

Based on the novel by Walter Mosley, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey follows the story of a lonely dementia patient forgotten by his family and friends. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into his ill state, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn (Fishback). When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present, and future.

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Other cast members include Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Damon Gupton (Criminal Minds), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), and Omar Miller (Ballers).

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is executive produced by Mosley and Jackson, and his wife of 40 years, LaTanya Richardson.

The highly anticipated series will debut with two episodes on March 11, 2022, according to Deadline. After that, episodes will drop weekly, every Friday.

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