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ABC Buys Muslim Model Comedy From Zainab Johnson, Wanda Sykes, Tom Straw
ABC has put in development an untitled comedy from actress-comedian Zainab Johnson, comedy veteran Tom Straw (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) ...
ABC Buys Muslim Model Comedy From Zainab Johnson, Wanda Sykes, Tom Straw
January 17, 2017

ABC has put in development an untitled comedy from actress-comedian Zainab Johnson, comedy veteran Tom Straw (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) and Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitzs Push It Productions.

Written by Straw based on a story by Straw and Johnson, the project centers on a beautiful Muslim model as she inches toward her 30th birthday. As her career starts to slow down, shes confronted by challenges she never faced before and starts questioning the choices shes making with her life. When shes forced to move back home with her opinionated brothers, she discovers that theyre all on the same quest to reinvent themselves. Straw executive produces with Sykes and Hurwitz via their Push It Prods. ABC Studios is the studio.

Johnson was the 2013 winner of HBOs American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition, and the following year was a semi-finalist on NBCs Last Comic Standing. As an actress, she also had a guest role on ABCs Private Practice.

Straw was a writer for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and served as an executive producer and writer for Showtimes Nurse Jackie.

Sykes and Hurwitzs Push It Prods recently wrapped Face Value, a comedy game show pilot with Deon Cole and Tiffany Haddish for BET. Push It also has received a 16-episode series order from TruTV for Talk Show: The Game Show, which will begin airing in the spring.

Johnson is repped by Cohen & Gardner. Straw is repped by WME. Push It Prods is repped by WME and Gray Krauss.

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May 19, 2016 | READ MORE
Wanda Joins Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn's Mother/Daughter Movie
EXCLUSIVE: The already comedic high standards of 20th Century Foxs Mother/Daughter has taken it up even more with Wanda Sykes joining the Amy Schumer...
Wanda Joins Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn's Mother/Daughter Movie
May 19, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: The already comedic high standards of 20th Century Foxs Mother/Daughter has taken it up even more with Wanda Sykes joining the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn-led pic, Ive learned. Sykes addition to the cast of Jonathan Levine-directed film scripted by Ghostbusters writer Kate Dippold comes just one day after The Mindy Projects Ike Barinholtz got on board.

Emmy winner Sykes will play Ruth, a hotel resident offering some advice to the traveling characters played by Schumer and Hawn. Filming is set to start at the end of May in Hawaii. The Mother/Daughter script is based on Dippolds relationship with her own mother.

Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing the pic through Chernin Entertainment, and Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through Feigco Entertainment. Providing additional script work, Schumer and Kimberly Caramele are also EPS along with Dippold while Daria Cercek is overseeing for 20th Century Fox.

Before heading to Americas 50th state, Sykes will be shooting her upcoming Epix comedy special this weekend at the Ace Theatre in downtown LA. The special is scheduled to air on October 21. Even before then, Sykes will be back with be back with Ray Romano, Denis Leary and the rest of the Ice Age gang this summer. The fifth pic in the franchise, Foxs Ice Age: Collision Course, will be released on July 22.

Sykes is repped by UTA and attorney Roger Pliakas.

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March 4, 2016 | READ MORE
Wanda to Co-Star in ABC's Soccer Comedy 'Dream Team'
Joining a cast that includes leading man Justin Long as the coach. Wanda Sykes is staying put at ABC. The actress, who has recurred on the network...
Wanda to Co-Star in ABC's Soccer Comedy 'Dream Team'
March 04, 2016

Joining a cast that includes leading man Justin Long as the coach.
Wanda Sykes is staying put at ABC.

The actress, who has recurred on the network's Black-ish, has booked a co-starring role in family comedy pilot Dream Team.

The single-camera comedy revolves around Marty Schumacher (Justin Long), who coached his last club soccer team for 10 years, ultimately taking them to the national championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds and their disparate parents.

Sykes will portray Leslie, a competitive OB-GYN who has a passion for sports. The character is excited to help her daughter, Miley, land a spot on a nationally ranked soccer team and upset that her wife, the artsy Michaela (Lindsey Kraft), doesnt share her same enthusiasm and is trying to dissuade Miley from playing.

Will & Grace alums Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel will pen the script for Warner Bros. Television and executive produce alongside Marc Buckland, who will direct the pilot.

Sykes joins a cast that also includes Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft, Michelle Buteau and Wynn Everett.

Sykes' credits include NBC's Last Comic Sanding, Amazon's Alpha House and CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine. She's repped by UTA.


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October 7, 2015 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes Joins Black-ish
The actress and stand-up comedienne will play Daphne Lido, the ex-wife of Stevens & Lido's founding partner. In the divorce, she gains control of half...
Wanda Sykes Joins Black-ish
October 07, 2015

The actress and stand-up comedienne will play Daphne Lido, the ex-wife of Stevens & Lido's founding partner. In the divorce, she gains control of half of the company that Dre (Anthony Anderson) works for and hopes to start inserting herself into company business. She will make her debut on the sophomore comedy in early December.

Sykes joins previously announced guest stars including Tyra Banks, Zendaya and Amber Rose.

Showtime announced Monday that Sykes is also set for an arc on the next season of House of Lies. Her extensive TV credits also include The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Alpha House and Last Comic Standing, on which she is an executive producer. She is repped by UTA and Roger A. Pliakas.

Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

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October 5, 2015 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes Joins Showtime Comedy House Of Lies
Wanda has signed on for a guest starring stint on the fifth season of Showtime comedy series House Of Lies. In addition, Ken Marino (Childrens Hospit...
Wanda Sykes Joins Showtime Comedy House Of Lies
October 05, 2015

Wanda has signed on for a guest starring stint on the fifth season of Showtime comedy series House Of Lies. In addition, Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital, Marry Me) and Nicky Whelan (Matador, Franklin & Bash) also will guest star. Marino will reunite with his Veronica Mars co-star Kristen Bell playing her love interest Mark. Production on the new season starts this month for premiere on Showtime in 2016.

Sykes will appear in at least episodes as Wanda, a love interest for Jeremiah (Glynn Turman) who becomes a much-needed confidante for Marty (Don Cheadle) as he looks to ascend from management mogul to global power player. Whelan will play Klare, Martys raw food chef girlfriend.

Based on the tell-all book House Of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch And Tell You The Time by Martin Kihn, the series is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Don Cheadle and David Walpert return as executive producers for season five.

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May 21, 2015 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes Named Master of Ceremony at LGBT 50th Anniversary Event, Independence Hall July 4, 2015
Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration have announced that Wanda Sykes will serve as MC of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ce...
Wanda Sykes Named Master of Ceremony at LGBT 50th Anniversary Event, Independence Hall July 4, 2015
May 21, 2015

Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration have announced that Wanda Sykes will serve as MC of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, which takes place on July 4th at Independence Hall.

We are tremendously excited to have Wanda Sykes, an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate, as the Master of Ceremonies for the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony," said Malcolm Lazin, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Chair, adding, "This historic one-hour Ceremony, in front of Independence Hall, commemorates the Gay Pioneers, celebrates 50 years of LGBT civil rights progress, and addresses future challenges. Wanda is a perfect MC. We are grateful to Live Nation Philadelphia and their President, Geoff Gordon for their assistance.

An award winning writer, actress and comedienne, Wanda Sykes came out publicly in 2008 at a Proposition 8 rally In Las Vegas. In 2010, Sykes was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by GLAAD for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community in the media. Wanda was also a 2011 LGBT History Month Icon.

From July 2 to 5, in Philadelphia, the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration includes panels, Gay Pioneers screening, fireworks, daily parties, six LGBT history exhibits, concerts, National Interfaith Service, wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historic marker, and street festival in the gayborhood, with the highlight being the one-hour National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on a large stage in front of Independence Hall on July 4th.

There is no registration fee and most programs are free.

For more information, visit www.lgbt50th.org and www.gaypioneers.com.


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September 30, 2014 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes Teams Up With Stand Up To Cancer & The Safeway Foundation To Launch New Campaign To Raise Funds & Awareness In The Battle Against Breast Cancer
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), The Safeway Foundation and actress and comedian Wanda Sykes have c...
Wanda Sykes Teams Up With Stand Up To Cancer & The Safeway Foundation To Launch New Campaign To Raise Funds & Awareness In The Battle Against Breast Cancer
September 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), The Safeway Foundation and actress and comedian Wanda Sykes have collaborated on a campaign to raise money and public awareness for a cause that is important to all women breast cancer awareness and treatment. The PSA campaign launches on October 1, the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The campaign, scheduled to run the entire month of October, will coincide with Safeway's annual in-store Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, which offers customers multiple opportunities to donate at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Through the fundraiser and a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Sykes, a SU2C Ambassador, SU2C and The Safeway Foundation will encourage the public to support vital research to help find a cure for breast cancer.

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January 15, 2014 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes Inks Comedy Development Deal With NickMom
Wanda Sykes Inks Comedy Development Deal With NickMom Additionally, the programming block on Nick Jr. has greenlit a unique dating series for singl...
Wanda Sykes Inks Comedy Development Deal With NickMom
January 15, 2014

Wanda Sykes Inks Comedy Development Deal With NickMom

Additionally, the programming block on Nick Jr. has greenlit a unique dating series for single moms and dads

NickMom is boistering its programming slate with a new Wanda Sykes deal and a green light for a new dating series geared to single moms and dads, TheWrap has learned.

Under a new pact, Sykes and Page Hurwitzs Push It Productions will develop a comedy project for NickMom, an evening programming block geared to mothers that airs on Nick Jr.

This is just the latest deal for Push It, which Sykes and Hurwitz founded in 2012. The company currently has a production deal with NBC, produces Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious for OWN and will be producing the new season of Last Comic Standing for NBC, among other projects.

The project will join a slate of new content in development for NickMom ranging from docu-comedy to reality competition, with name producers including Whoopi Goldberg.

NickMom has also greenlit six episodes of a hidden camera/dating series with the working title, Undercover Cupid. From executive producer Scott Stone (BrainSurge), Nyima Funk (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) hosts the series which shoots unsuspecting single moms and dads who are going about their day as theyre surprised by three eligible dates picked by their kids as they go about their daily lives.

Currently, NickMom airs nightly from 10 p.m to 2 a.m. on Nick Jr. with shows including Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, which returns with its second season premieres this Friday, Jan 17 and Season 2 of Take Me To Your Mother, which premieres Saturday, Feb 1.

NickMom just finished out 2013 with a 67 percent increase in its key demo, Women 18-49.

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November 13, 2013 | READ MORE
Wanda Sykes To Produce Eighth Season Of Last Comic Standing
NBCs reality series Last Comic Standing will return this coming summer for an eighth season with Wanda Sykes as executive producer. The utility playe...
Wanda Sykes To Produce Eighth Season Of Last Comic Standing
November 13, 2013

NBCs reality series Last Comic Standing will return this coming summer for an eighth season with Wanda Sykes as executive producer. The utility player, which originally launched in summer 2003, has been quietly shelved and then brought back when needed several times. It first ran three cycles through fall 2004 before getting canned and then ran one cycle each in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. There is no host for Season 8 yet. Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. will executive for Universal Television through their deal with the studio.

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November 14, 2013 | READ MORE
OWN Picks Up Two Comedy Specials From Wanda Sykes!
Wanda Sykes is returning to OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in January with two more editions of Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious. The comedy specials w...
OWN Picks Up Two Comedy Specials From Wanda Sykes!
November 14, 2013

Wanda Sykes is returning to OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in January with two more editions of Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious. The comedy specials will air on Saturdays, Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, at 10/9c.

Sykes previously produced two Herlarious episodes for OWN this past July. A mix of standup routines and sketch comedy, the hour-long programs this time will include appearances by Kristin Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Probst, Wayne Brady, Jeff Ross, Lance Reddick, Camryn Manheim, Tichina Arnold, Sheryl Underwood and Jackee Harry.

Among the sketches: "Super Soul Train Sunday," Sykes' spoof on both the iconic '70s dance show Soul Train and Winfrey's OWN Super Soul Sunday series. Also, Probst, Chenoweth and Arnold will skewer reality TV in another segment.

Sykes executive produces Herlarious with production partner Page Hurwitz, as well as OWN's Jill Barancik and Andrea Wishom.

News of the OWN specials comes as Sykes and Hurwitz also strike a new deal with NBC to resurrect Last Comic Standing. Sykes also appears in Amazon's Alpha House, which premieres Nov. 15.

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October 4, 2013 | READ MORE
Wanda featured in Oprahs Next Chapter: Gay in Hollywood
On October 27, Oprah is bringing the theme Gay in Hollywood to her show Oprahs Next Chapter. Featuring Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bu...
Wanda featured in Oprahs Next Chapter: Gay in Hollywood
October 04, 2013

On October 27, Oprah is bringing the theme Gay in Hollywood to her show Oprahs Next Chapter. Featuring Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky, the actors will talk openly about the time when they realized they were gay, how they came out and the impact being gay has had on their careers in Hollywood.

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July 2, 2013 | READ MORE
OWN & Wanda Sykes Team Up For 'HERLARIOUS' Comedy Specials
OWN & Wanda Sykes Team Up For 'HERLARIOUS' Comedy Specials On July 13 and July 20, Wanda is bringing you an all-new special featuring comedy's ris...
OWN & Wanda Sykes Team Up For 'HERLARIOUS' Comedy Specials
July 02, 2013

OWN & Wanda Sykes Team Up For 'HERLARIOUS' Comedy Specials

On July 13 and July 20, Wanda is bringing you an all-new special featuring comedy's rising starsand our very OWN Kym Whitley. So what happens when Wanda and her favorite female comedians take over Harpo Studios?

Taped before a live studio audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the specials will be hosted and produced by Sykes and Page Hurwitz's Push It Productions, in conjunction with Harpo Studios, and will feature appearances by female stand-ups, including Kym Whitley, Andi Smith, Gloria Bigelow, Marina Franklin, Tracey Ashley, Carmen Lynch and Dominique Witten.

In addition to performing new stand up material, Sykes will also feature in a series of comedy shorts that will air during the specials.

This is in addition to the first-look deal with NBC/Universal TV that Sykes and company production partner Page Hurwitz, signed to develop and produce unscripted projects for the network.

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