An update on BET’s “two-hour backdoor comedy pilot/original movie” starring Daniel Dwayne Simmons, aka Diggy Simmons (son of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons), executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.
A quick recap… Set in New York, four young people are struggling to relaunch their rising-star blog. They’re thrilled when finally given a real shot by the owner of a trendy magazine, only to learn they’ve been scammed.
The potential scripted series would reportedly have an Entourage vibe to it, with Allen Maldonado (as Diggy’s character’s best friend Manny), Teyana Taylor (as Diggy’s character’s ex-GF), Chris Brew (as Dot, a tech geek, and childhood friend), Bria Murphy (as Manny’s girlfriend), and Stephanie Charles (as Sheri, Dot’s ex-girlfriend), all co-starring.
Skip ahead to recent Facebook posts on the Akil Productions page, stating that the project is aptly titled The Start Up.
Salim Akil will direct the film/pilot episode, which will begin shooting in October in New York and Atlanta.
Joining the Akils as executive producers are Kenya Baris, Chris Lighty, Laurie Dobbins, and James Dubose.