Jamie Foxx Signs MTV Deal, Joins Diverse Power Group Helping BIPOC Filmmakers

    We don’t talk about this man enough and he’s probably the most talented entertainer in the world. He’s always got his hands in something. 

    Jamie Foxx has signed a development deal with MTV Entertainment Group. The ViacomCBS division says the actor will develop and produce original movies for the studio with “BIPOC” filmmakers. 

    The movies will focus on diverse storytelling. Under the pact, the Oscar-winning multi-talented Foxx along, with his producing partner Datari Turner, will produce original movies across MTV’s Entertainment Group portfolio of nine brands.

    Those brands include the aforementioned MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, CMT, VH1, Logo, and TV Land, and their respective studios, as well as MTV Documentary Films.

    Foxx and Turner will be looking to focus and work on projects with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) filmmakers whose focus will be diverse storytelling. 

    In the multi-talented Foxx and Turner, you have two creative forces with boundless talent. Together they’ll cultivate emerging BIPOC filmmakers in telling multicultural stories that will make a positive impact. The deal was brokered with CAA, LBI Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

    Jamie Foxx is just the latest big-name star and executive producer to sign a deal with ViacomCBS. 

    He joins a lineup that includes a superstar roster; Angela Bassett, Idris Elba, Regina Hall, Selma Hayak, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria, Courtney B. Vance and their respective production companies. 

    That’s a pretty diverse group there if I must say so myself.

    Back in December, ViacomCBS MTV Entertainment Group said it was commuting $250M over the next three years to fuel and finance the growth of content-led and produced by BIPOC as well as women-owned and operated production companies. 

    Another part of the initiative is MTV Entertainment is providing funding, production infrastructure, services and staff to help foster new creative formats, and ideas. These ideas are the ones they expect to show the unscripted content of needs of today, tomorrow and into the foreseeable future.

    This really has some legs and unscripted producers Lashan Browning and Adam Gonzalez were brought back n 2019, to pilot the group’s early initiative. They have already been producing and creating unscripted content while forming their own respective third-party production ventures with an equity investment made by MTV Entertaining.

    This comes on the heels of Nick Cannon getting his hit show Wild N’ Out back, after ViacomCBS decided to pull the plug following controversy over comments Nick made about Jewish people. But in the end, Viacom needed Nick more than Nick needed them.

    Jamie Foxx just keeps building his extensive empire and pushing the envelope.