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Korin Huggins, the former head of television at Will Packer Productions, has teamed with fellow Will Packer alum Monique Nash to launch Kronicle Media, an indie TV production company that will develop drama, comedy and unscripted content for broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms.
The pair already have sealed a two-project development deal with ABC Signature Studios, with the first project titled Revival, an hourlong drama with logline under wraps from Finding Carter and Chasing Life writer-producer Josh Senter. Also in the works at the new shingle is a drama series revolving around the friendships of four sorority sisters who are reunited under mysterious circumstances. It hails from rapper-turned-producer MC Lyte and her producing partner Lynn Richardson via their Sunni Gyrl banner.
“We created Kronicle Media out of our desire to tell stories for and about women from diverse
perspectives,” Huggins and Nash said of their Los Angeles-based company. “We saw a demand in the marketplace for female-centric content and felt this was the perfect time to capitalize on this, by creating a venture that would combine both our passion and producing experience.” Read more
Deal with AUTHENTIC
Korin Huggins and Monique Nash’s Kronicle Media has signed a development deal with Authentic Entertainment to develop and produce character-driven content for and about women from diverse perspectives.
The companies say the deal will solidify a collaboration on both documentary and unscripted projects that share the two companies’ passion for great storytelling and authentic worlds. The pact was announced Tuesday by Lauren Lexton, CEO and co-founder of Authentic Entertainment.
Authentic, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, is the production company behind such unscripted hits as Flipping Out, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and the recent successful return of Trading Spaces for TLC. Kronicle Media was formed last year by former Will Packer Productions executives Korin D. Huggins and Monique Nash.
“We are truly excited to be teaming up with Korin and Monique to develop and produce original content focused on diverse female voices,” Authentic’s Lexton said. “We share a common passion to bring creative voices to light, and this is such an exciting time for women to work with other women, since we are the most engaged audience.”
Said Kronicle Media’s Huggins & Nash: “Authentic Entertainment has developed some of the most iconic unscripted shows on TV, and we are thrilled to be in business with them. Lauren and her team are the perfect partners in our quest to create sophisticated female-driven content that will inspire, enlighten and empower. We can’t wait to get started.”
Korin Huggins and Monique Nash’s Kronicle Media is teaming up with Matt Nicholas’ Rebel Maverick Productions and producer Manaal Khan to develop a series based on an upcoming YA book by Dana L. Davis.
The novel is titled “Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now.” It revolves around Tiffany Sly, a sixteen-year old, whose life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Traumatized after losing her mom to cancer, she must leave everything she knows to live with the biological father she’s never even met. To complicate things, Tiffany has a secret: another man also claims he’s her father and she only has seven days to figure out the truth. The novel will be released on May 1 from publisher Harlequin Teen.
Huggins, Nash, Nicholas, Khan and Davis will serve as executive producers on the potential series. Rebel Maverick’s new vice president of development and production, Hanni Egal, will serve as a producer. The group is currently searching for writers and plans to shop the project to cable networks and streaming services.
deal with universal cable productionS
Korin Huggins and Monique Nash have signed a two-project development deal with Universal Cable Productions via their Kronicle Media. Under the pact, Kronicle Media will develop original scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services.
“We’re delighted to be in business with Korin D. Huggins and Monique Nash,” said Kate Fenske, Senior Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “As smart, resourceful women with great taste, they’re an excellent addition to our UCP family. We look forward to working with them under their Kronicle Media banner, and know their contributions will evolve and diversify our development slate in exciting ways.”
The deal marks a return to UCP for Kronicle Media’s CEO Huggins, where she previously served as manager of development.
“We’re extremely excited to be working with Kate and the talented team at Universal Cable Productions who are producing some of the most fresh and compelling content out there,” said Huggins and Nash. “We can’t wait to collaborate with them on developing projects that are innovative and bring different perspectives to the landscape.” Huggins added, “this truly feels like a bit of a homecoming for me,” having earned her executive chops at the studio.