Taraji P. Henson’s TPH Entertainment inks overall deal with BET Studios

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Taraji P. Henson appears in “Empire.” [Fox photo]

BET recently announced an overall deal with Taraji P. Henson’s TPH Entertainment for BET Studios.

BET Studios is a studio venture launched in September 2021, powered by the infrastructure and financing of BET and Paramount, according to a news release. The venture was designed to supply the increased demand for premium content from Black creators across an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+ and BET, as well as to select third-party platforms that seek best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Taraji and TPH Entertainment to BET Studios’ growing portfolio of top Black creators and industry leaders. Taraji is immensely important to both the industry and our community. As such, she will contribute her profound insights and expertise to amplify BET Studios’ diverse array of content offerings,” said BET Chief Executive Officer Scott Mills in a statement.

“While Taraji continues to excite, inspire, and dismantle barriers as an award-winning actress, the creation of TPH Entertainment as a vehicle to champion underrepresented storytellers whose voices are integral to the media and social landscapes is in perfect alignment with our mission for BET Studios. Taraji is a valued member of the BET family, and we look forward to our collaboration reaching new heights.”

An Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated actor, writer, director and producer, Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically-acclaimed film “Hustle & Flow,” which earned her and the cast a Screen Actors Guild nomination as well as the BET Award for Best Actress. In 2009, Henson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

In 2020, Henson wrapped her run as Cookie Lyon in Fox’s hit musical drama “Empire,” which earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award and three BET Awards. She will star as Shug Avery in Blitz Bazawule’s movie version of the musical “The Color Purple,” which is due in theaters on Dec. 20, 2023.

Also recently announced: Henson will star in and produce Alessandro Camon’s “Time Alone,” under her production banner.

In fall 2020, Henson launched her production company, TPH Entertainment, with producing partner Christine Conley. TPH Entertainment has previously announced several projects, including “Two-Faced” with Bron Entertainment, on which Henson also will direct, marking her feature film directorial debut.

The company also has forthcoming “Sorcerority,” which TPH Entertainment will co-produce with Game Changer Films and Gabrielle Union’s I’ll Have Another Productions.

“BET has always been the foundation of my fanbase and a huge supporter of me throughout my career,” Henson said in a statement.

“BET Studios understands and perfectly aligns with my vision of why I founded TPH Entertainment, to increase opportunities and create content that will challenge audiences and inspire new perspectives. I am so excited to join them and for the incredible content we will create together. This partnership will be for the culture.”


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