Jarnell Stokes signs with Innovative; Bryce Dallas Howard inks with Prettybird – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Professional basketball player and producer Jarnell Stokes has signed Babette Perry to Innovative Artists, who will represent him for both cameras and production deals.
Stokes is currently developing two drama series examining the unforgiving intersection of sports, music and street culture in his hometown of Memphis.
The first one, Break the cycle, follows the struggles of 16-year-old orphaned twin brothers as they each search for a piece of the American dream. Stokes is co-creating the series with writer-producer Taylor Materne (hustle), with Chris Pavoni (super girl) on board to produce alongside Walk Like A Duck Entertainment. The second series, college sports drama Rocky Top College, focuses on an institution of the same name that harbors a dark secret. When the school’s new recruit joins the team, full of promise and hope for a better life, they put him on a diet to dominate on the pitch. But as waves of anxiety and hallucinations surface, the rising star must decide if his career is worth the price of his sanity and possibly his life. Stokes co-produced with music mogul Vassal Benford of The Benford Company. Shannan E. Johnson (Monogamy) was cast as co-writer, along with actor Geoffrey Blake (Forest Gump) also set to produce.
As previously announced, Stokes is also executive producing projects under his Stoked Film Group banner, including the horror-comedy Killers, with Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman; the thriller To dig, with Thomas Jane, Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato; and the murder mystery Helen is deadwith Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Tyrese Gibson, among others.
Stokes is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has played in the past for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Denver Nuggets. He currently plays for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers and continues to be represented by CSP Management’s Tammy Hunt.
Actor-director Bryce Dallas Howard (Boba Fett’s Book, The Mandalorian) has joined production company Prettybird’s roster of creatives.
Howard has built an impressive career behind the camera in recent years, after more than two decades as an actress, making her documentary filmmaking debut with dads, which premiered at TIFF in 2019 and was released on Apple TV+. She also directed the Oscar-nominated short film when you find me and the Sundance short solematesand most recently directed episodes of Boba Fett’s Book and The Mandalorian.
Howard is perhaps best known on the acting side for her role as Claire Dearing in Universal Pictures’ jurassic world franchise. She will soon be seen in Jurassic World Dominion, slated for release June 10, and in Matthew Vaughn Argyle. She has also appeared in films, including Rocketman, Gold, pete’s dragon, 50/50, Ugly, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The breaking dawn – Part 2, Hi Terminator, good dick, Spiderman 3, As you like it, lady in the water and The villageas well as in series such as black mirror and Development stopped.
Howard has also done campaigns and projects for Moroccan Oil, Vanity Fair, Glamour, MTV, Sony and Lifetime. His production company is Nine Muses Entertainment.
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