Russell Simmons signs deal with HBO; preps ‘Def Comedy Jam’ anniversary special

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The relationship between HBO and Russell Simmons is twenty-plus years strong. And, thanks to a partnership, the two media giants will be in business together for the foreseeable future.

Simmons’ company, All Def Digital (ADD), will create and produce a number of new projects for HBO. The partnership has five new projects in various stages of production with ADD in charge of three of those: The Broken Lizard Show, These Are My Friends, and a 25th anniversary special for the groundbreaking Def Comedy Jam series.

“HBO has been like a home to me for a generation,” Simmons said. “I am enormously proud of the broad range of programming they have nurtured. Together, we have discovered new voices and helped launch emerging artists that deserved a mainstream platform. I am even more excited by the next generation of talent and shows that we are developing through All Def Digital TV.”

Up first for Simmons  will be the six episodic series Codes of Conduct. Currently in development, Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) is slated to direct.

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