Director, producer and writer Malcolm D. Lee has landed a first-look deal at Universal Television. Under the Blackmaled Productions banner, Lee will write, produce and direct projects for a variety of platforms in the Universal Television realm.
“Malcolm is an incredibly gifted writer, director and producer with an impressive ability to tell entertaining, nuanced stories that shatter records along the way,” Universal Television President Erin Underhill said, according to Variety.
“We’re overjoyed at the success of The Best Man: The Final Chapters and we look forward to partnering with Malcolm on many more exciting and memorable projects.”
Lee is an experienced filmmaker and producer who has spent more than two decades in Hollywood. In 1999, he made his mark with his first film, The Best Man. Since then, he has had a hand in Roll Bounce, Everybody Hates Chris and Girls Trip. Most recently, he debuted The Best Man: Final Chapters. Lee’s show had the most successful debut of any series on Peacock and ranked fifth on Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming chart.
“The team at UTV has been incredibly supportive as I’ve been navigating my way through the television landscape,” Lee continued, according to Variety.
“Continuing our flourishing partnership made sense on so many levels. I’m gratified to know Blackmaled will keep building our robust slate at a place I can call home.”