Brown Paper Dolls: Producer Friends Bypass TV to Test Their Web Appeal
(Black Enterprise) — The death (on CW) and resurrection (on BET) of comedy series The Game was a television history maker. The entire ordeal—including fans’ outrage over the cancellation, and their ceaseless support in the show’s return—caused many to question the current state and fate of Black television. The saga also sparked friends Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May and Jeanette McDuffie to co-found thier own of production company, Brown Paper Dolls, a mulit-media company that aims to produce content for underserved niche audiences. Their top priority? To look for innovative ways to market milk + honey, an online web series executive produced by actor Idris Elba. The series, which stars Debbie Allen, Lance Gross (House of Payne), Bryce Wilson (Beauty Shop) and Elba, follows four women “who are on spiritual, professional and romantic journeys to make their dreams a reality.” BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Dana Gills, one of the the three producers, and talked to her about the evolution of milk + honey, the vision of Brown Paper Dolls, and how the trio plans to execute that vision and get out their dreams.