Mara Brock Akil Inks Major Netflix Deal Ahead of Streamer’s Premiere Date For Her Series ‘Girlfriends’

Published: Wednesday 9th Sep 2020 by Rashad

In news certain to inflame already burning rumors the ladies of UPN’s groundbreaking series ‘Girlfriends’ are set to reunite for a reboot, the show’s creator – Mara Brock Akil – has signed an overall deal with the very platform that has acquired the rights to stream it.

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As we reported here, Netflix – in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement – took to press in July to announce it was set to stream six of Black TV’s most beloved series including ‘Girlfriends.’

As the September 11 premiere of the Tracee Ellis Ross-led comedy looms, the streaming has turned heads with the report Akil has signed a multi-year deal that will see her write and produce scripted content for the platform.

In a statement, the 50-year-old creative said:

“It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals—telling human stories for a global audience,” Brock Akil said. “I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best– paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with– I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories.”

We can only hope the ‘Girlfriend’ reboot is one of those stories.

Dungey, Netflix’s vice president of original series, echoed Akil’s sentiment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix,” said Channing. “Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members.”


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  1. BIGGESTAALIYAHFAN September 9, 2020

    I pray we FINALLY get the Girlfriends movie.

  2. Flopyonce September 10, 2020

    Personally hope it’s an all white cast.
    You deserve it for taking Golden Girls from us.

  3. Exlurker September 10, 2020

    I hope that regardless of how many seasons that it ends well. They left us hanging the last time. I hate it when shows get cancelled or ends abruptly.

    Loved Girlfriends.

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