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HBO US signs multi-project deal with Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan

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MUMBAI: Following its successful collaborations with Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan on Def Comedy, HBO in the US has entered into a multi-project deal with the two producers for a slate of productions, including scripted series and comedy specials.

In addition, HBO will have exclusive rights to Simmons and Lathan for all cross-production platforms, with projects to be executive produced through Simmons Lathan Media Group, their production company.

HBO US chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht says, "I have had the privilege of working with Russell and Stan at HBO for many years, and have always admired their ability to stay current in their sensibilities and taste.

"I have said many times that HBO is only as good as the people who work here, and I can’t think of two people I would want inside the HBO fold more than these talented individuals."

Simmons says, “Stan and I have been in business with HBO for more than 15 years. They have allowed us the freedom to knock down doors and have supported us in creative ventures that would not have seen the light of day anywhere else in Hollywood, and for those reasons we are thrilled to build upon this great relationship."

Lathan says, "We are already working on exciting and innovative comedy, dramatic and variety projects. We are excited about bringing new talent to the forefront, and continuing to develop our relationships with established talent."

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