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[04/24/14 - 03:30 PM]
BET Networks Announces New Programming and Partnerships at Annual Upfront Presentation
Returning series include "Being Mary Jane," "The Game" and "Real Husbands of Hollywood."

[08/20/12 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 20
Updates include: Showtime trims "The Franchise" by one week; Kyle Howard, Joel David Moore to topline USA's "Paging Dr. Freed"; and Goran Visnjic reports to ABC's "Red Widow."







START UP, THE (BET)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
8/20/12 - 4/24/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
DESCRIPTION:
(from BET's press release, April 2014) THE START UP - In The Start Up, hip-hop prince Diggy Simmons makes his scripted series debut as Blake Monroe, founder of TheJetsetters.com, an entertainment and lifestyle blog. The Start Up hones in on what it means to be young, gifted and digital, as Blake and his friends strategize for fame and financing while they navigate the freedoms and pressures of adulthood. Also stars Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, Allen Maldonado, Chris Brew, and Stephanie Charles. From Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenya Barris, James DuBose, Kevin Liles and Laurie Dobbins.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Allen Maldonado
· Bria Murphy
· Chris Brew
· Diggy Simmons as Blake Monroe
· Stephanie Charles
· Teyana Taylor
CREW INFORMATION:
· James DuBose as EP
· Kenya Barris as EP
· Kevin Liles as EP
· Laurie Dobbins as EP
· Mara Brock Akil as EP
· Salim Akil as EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· no information is available