Mary J Blige Signs First-Look TV Deal With Lionsgate

She will develop and produce TV shows under newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions

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Lionsgate has signed Mary J. Blige to a first-look television deal with the singer/actress’ newly-launched production company Blue Butterfly productions.

Blige and her company will develop and produce television series with the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate’s array of business platforms, which includes pay cable network Starz.

“Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Every art she touches blossoms and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content Mary and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit.”

Blige starred in the first season of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and will appear in the upcoming films “Violent Heart” and “Body Cam.” She is also starting a North American music tour with Nas this summer.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lionsgate. They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can’t wait to bring all of our projects to life,” Blige said.

Blige is represented by APA, The Lede Company and Grubman Shire & Meiselas.