Russell Simmons Signs Two Year First-Look Deal With HBO

It looks like Russell Simmons is returning to HBO. According to IndieWire, the Def Jam co-founder has signed a two year first-look deal with the premium cable channel. The deal offers HBO the right of first refusal for any shows Simmons wants to develop—however, if HBO passes on a prospective project, Simmons is allowed to pitch it to other networks. Simmons has worked with HBO on two previous programs, Def Comedy Jam and its spin-off Def Poetry Jam. ...

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