Just in Time for Mother’s Day BET Networks Announces More Casting News for Its NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE Miniseries

La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole
Carson and Sandi McCree Join the Biopic to Play the Mothers of the
Iconic Music Group New Edition

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks announces new cast additions to its much-anticipated
original three-part miniseries NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE. La La
Anthony
(Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office;
The New Odd Couple),
Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa
Nicole Carson
(Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The
Wire
) have joined the cast to play the mothers of the iconic music
group New Edition. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery
Ticket)
and executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of
Hollywood)
for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment,
the three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in
2017. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles.

  • La La Anthony will play Ronnie DeVoe’s
    mother Flo DeVoe.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown will play Michael Bivins’ mother Shirley
    Bivins
    .
  • Monica Calhoun will play Ralph Tresvant’s
    mother Patricia Tresvant.
  • Lisa Nicole Carson will play Ricky Bell’s
    mother Mae Bell.
  • Sandi McCree will play Bobby Brown’s mother Carole
    Brown
    .

The ladies join previously announced NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE cast Bryshere
Y. Gray
(Empire), Elijah Kelley (The Butler, The
Wiz Live!
), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Luke James,
Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) and newcomers Algee
Smith
and Woody McClain.

New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel,
and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The
Block all took their cues from Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and
Johnny. After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the
stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in
entertainment so richly deserves. This three-part miniseries follows the
group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global
megastardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel
changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE is executive produced by Jesse Collins
(Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins
Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced
by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill,
Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

For more information on NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE log on to BET.com
and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag
#NewEditionBET.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA, VIA.B), is the
nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can
be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom
and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer
brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading
Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;
CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American
Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home
Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile,
which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices;
and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film
production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse
Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in
producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music
entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions,
Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television
programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, Soul Train
Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET
Hip Hop Awards. Collins is an executive producer of the hit TV series,
Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart and the upcoming original
miniseries based on the iconic music group New Edition. He has worked
with a myriad of superstar talent including Will Smith, Chris Rock,
Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah
Carey. Follow Jesse Collins Entertainment @JesseCollinsEnt on Twitter
and Instagram and go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/
for more information on the company.

Contacts

Media:
BET Networks
Luis Defrank, 212-205-3156
Luis.defrank@bet.net
or
Jesse
Collins Entertainment

Staci R. Collins Jackson, 312-600-7774
SRCJ@TheCollinsJacksonAgency.com