WE tv Greenlights Two Unscripted Legal Dramas with African American Female Casts
According to Variety, WE tv has ordered two new unscripted shows, both set in the legal world, centering around African American female attorneys: “Ladies of Law” and “Sisters in Law.” “Ladies of Law” follows four interconnected New York City-based powerful and glamorous African American female lawyers who specialize in entertainment law, specifically the music industry dominated by men. The project is produced by Eastern and Monami Entertainment with exec producersStefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Toby Barraud for Eastern, and Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment. Rhonda Cowan of Life’s A Beach Media will serve as co-executive producer.
The other series revolves around a group of give African American female lawyers in Houston, Texas who have coined themselves as the “Sisters in Law.” The show explores the women’s shared struggles for success, as they practice civil and criminal law. “Sisters in Law” is produced by Collins Avenue Entertainment and exec produced by Jeff Collins, Michael Hammond, Sandi Johnson, Bryan Stinson and Laura Halperin with producing partner Kim Coles.
“Legal dramas have long been a popular TV genre, but have not been represented in the unscripted space — until now,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president. “Working in concert with our production partners we actively sought to develop shows around topics that haven’t been explored, yet lend themselves naturally to great, buzzy stories and powerful characters. The very nature of ‘the law’ coupled with the intense personalities of lawyers gives us a wide range of storylines and characters to showcase. Behind each of these attorneys is a rich story waiting to be told.” “Ladies of Law” and “Sisters in Law” go into production this summer. Both one-hour series are slated to join the cabler’s 2016 lineup.