Author Deborah Gregory’s YA novel series “Catwalk” has been optioned by producer Jesse Collins (BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” BET Awards, The BET Honors, BET Hip Hop Awards) to develop as a scripted TV series, although no network is attached yet, although Collins recently inked a first-look deal with BET, so one might assume that the series may find a home there… or elsewhere.
“Catwalk” follows Aphro, Angora, Pashmina and Felinez, 4 best friends at Manhattan’s Fashion International High School, who are about to enter the contest of their lives. Each year, students split up into Fashion Houses and compete to design, produce, and show fully original fashion lines. The winner gets a scholarship, a professional show, and a real shot at a career in fashion.
The novel is described by reviewers as bouncy and smart, as well as a “fierce introduction to a fashion world where fabulosity trumps waist size, and there truly is room for everyone.”
A search for a writer to adapt the novel is underway.
Collins serving as executive producer through his Jesse Collins Entertainment shingle.
There are three titles in the book “Catwalk” book series: “Catwalk,” “Catwalk: Strike A Pose” and “Catwalk: Rip The Runway.”
Author Gregory’s other credits include the “The Cheetah Girls” series, which were adapted by the Disney Channel.
Deadline first reported the news.