James, an Akron native, will executive produce alongside Maverick Carter through their production company, SpringHill Entertainment. Legend will executive produce via his Get Lifted Film Co. along with Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. Television, where SpringHill and Calhoun are under overall deals. SpringHill and Get Lifted will produce in association with Warner Bros.
SpringHill is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Calhoun is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Morris Yorn.” /> Get Lifted is repped by WME.
It starred Morgan Freeman and was loosely based on the true story of high school principal Joe Louis Clark, who became infamous for his disciplinary methods at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. The "Lean on Me" film was released in 1989.
She must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In the series, spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family.
Her past credits include "Empire," "Nashville," "Justified," and "Revenge." Calhoun most recently served as a consulting producer for ABC’s "Station 19." She has developed new series pilots with Netflix, FBC, 20th Century Fox Television, FX, with ABC Signature. The series hails from Wendy Calhoun, who will serve as the writer and executive producer on the project.
The CW is developing a drama series inspired by the film "Lean on Me" with LeBron James and John Legend attached as executive producers, Variety has learned.
Legend, who just completed his EGOT with an Emmy win last weekend, has joined "The Voice" Season 16 as a coach, taking over for Jennifer Hudson. As Variety previously reported, James is also attached to executive produce a female-led basketball drama at NBC alongside Elizabeth Banks. The news comes on the same day as other big news for both James and Legend.