EXCLUSIVE: Production and management company The Cartel has entered into an agreement with New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson and author-producer Bobby Smith Jr. on the selection and acquisition of over 25 of the author’s novels. Jackson’s cannon will be adapted for movies and television.
Among Jackson’s most famous works included in the agreement are Catalina Bay series of books, The Perfect series, The Playas series, The big girl series, Madaris’ family, as well as The men of action books.
Stan Spry, Eric Woods, Jeff Holland and Ryan Saul will be producing for Cartel along with Jackson and Smith, Jr.s Bobby Smith, Jr. Productions.
“I’m incredibly excited to embark on this magnificent journey with Stan, Ryan, The Cartel and of course the incomparable Brenda Jackson,” said Smith, Jr.
“It’s with great pleasure that I look forward to working with the cartel and the talented Bobby Smith, Jr., to bring more of my romance novels to life on screen. It’s an exciting moment,” Jackson said.
On behalf of The Cartel, Saul added: “Brenda is one of the more powerful black voices of our time and is productive not only in her writing but also in society. The cartel could not be more excited to work in collaboration with both her and Bobby. The culmination of these two powerful voices in one of the most successful genres from books to screen could not be more exciting for us. “
Jackson is also one USA today bestselling author of more than 140 novels and short stories with over 15 million books in print. She was the first African-American novelist to make USA today and New York Times bestseller list, and is hailed as one of the most popular African American writers of romance and women’s fiction. An NAACP Image Award finalist, Jackson is the recipient of several awards, including the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received several books adapted for film, including A special moment, Really forever and A brother’s honor.
Smith, Jr. has recently set up TV remake Jason’s lyrics on MGM / Orion Television, and a multicultural version of The miserable on Westbrook TV with Recording Academy Head Harvey Mason, Jr. On the playing side, Smith, Jr. finished. recently writing Inner City Symphony for Disney +, and recently completed the sci-fi thriller Exploded for ACJ Film Fund and Sobini Films.
The cartel has produced and funded more than 120 films, television films and series over the past decade, including the animated series Twelve forever to Netflix, Crib show for AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder, former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge’s feature film directorial debut Monsters of California and Syfy’s new 10-episode series Day of the Dead.