Oscar winner Common signs major deal with HBO

Common won an Oscar this year for co-writing the song “Glory” from “Selma,” in which he also co-starred.

Common and John Legend on stage at the Beverly Hilton - Paul Drinkwater:NBC

Common has signed a two-year first-look deal in television with HBO (Home Box Office Inc).

The actor-musician will develop and produce projects for the premium cable network through his Freedom Road Productions alongside his manager/partner Derek Dudley and head of development and production Nicole Dow, according to Deadline.

As an actor, Common —  who won an Oscar this year for co-writing the song “Glory” from “Selma,” in which he also co-starred — will next be seen in the features “Barbershop 3,” “Suicide Squad,” “Coco,” “Being Charlie” and “Hunter Killer.” He also plays the gatekeeper of Oz in NBC’s upcoming The Wiz Live!.

Common recently received his first scripted pilot order as a producer at Showtime for a Chicago-set drama from writer Lena Waithe.

“I don’t know if words can express how Grateful and Blessed I feel to be a part of the HBO family,” shared Common on twitter. “Our stories will utilize all ethnicities as writers, actors, directors, show runners, costume designers, directors of photography, camera operators, make-up artists, grips, lighting directors, PA’s and caterers . This is a true opportunity to tell incredible stories that impact culture and improve lives…. and Freedom Road Productions is Gonna Do it!”

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