gmc Moves Into Music-Oriented Made-for-Cable Movies with Script Order for Brotha White

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor,
Posted: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 17:35

gmc Moves Into Music-Oriented Made-for-Cable Movies with Script Order for Brotha White

Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy Centers on Youth Pastor's Adjustment to Becoming Head Pastor at Inner City Church in Atlanta

ATLANTA, July 22, 2010 – gmc, America's favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, announced today that it has ordered its first script for a made-for-cable movie, Brotha White.

The proposed original will be written by the team of Sean Paul Murphy, Matt Richards, Tommy Blaze and David A.R. White. White (Evening Shade, Mercy Streets, In the Blink of an Eye) will play James White, a successful youth pastor at an upscale mega church in Orange County, Calif. who faces a culture shock when he becomes the head pastor at an inner city African-American church in Atlanta. The congregation is equally shocked at the site of their new pastor, but both sides resolve to make it work in this heart-warming comedy with a light theme of tolerance and forgiveness, and a substantial gospel music presence.

Pending script approval, production will begin in late fourth quarter/early first quarter in Michigan. Brotha White would be produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, a distribution/ production company in which David A.R. White is a founding partner along with country music star Randy Travis and his wife, Elizabeth.

"This is an exciting project for us because it hits on so many of the touchpoints that are important to gmc and our loyal viewers, including a family-friendly theme with uplifting messages and the strong presence of gospel music," said Brad Siegel, vice chairman of gmc. "The movie will convey a very warm, down-to-earth humor that will engage and entertain our viewers."

David White said, "I'm thrilled to partner with gmc and our writing team in the creation of this project. Our vision is to present an inspirational comedy with heart. Our characters are thrust into an unexpected situation, and find their way out with understanding, humor and a touch of grace. This is going to be a great comedy for the whole family."

David A.R. White's wife, Andrea Logan White (My Date with Drew, Holyman Undercover, In the Blink of an Eye) will co-star in the gmc original as Lily White, the pastor's beautiful, wealthy wife who also needs to adjust to their new lifestyle and surroundings. Also attached to the project are Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters), Clint Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live) and Randy Travis (Black Dog, National Treasure: Book of Secrets).

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gmc (, the fastest-growing network in television and the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research), is Americas favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. gmc can be seen in more than 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.