Full Stream Ahead: Netflix and Queen Latifah’s Production Company Ink Multiyear Deal

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February 6, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Queen Latifah once again proves she is an astute businesswoman. According to the Associated Press (via Black America Web), the Queen’s production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, just sealed a multiyear deal with Netflix.

Starting this spring, the deal gives the streaming service a first look at titles from Latifah’s production company. Among Flavor Unit’s past productions are the films Bringing Down the House and Just Wright, both of which starred Latifah. Flavor Unit also produced the HBO film Life Support. The film was loosely based on the real life story of Ana Wallace, an HIV-positive woman, and garnered a Golden Globe Award for Latifah.

Latifah said in a statement that Netflix is a “strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects.”

Upcoming projects for Flavor Unit include producing the soon-to-be-released Terrence Howard thriller House of Bodies and Percentage, starring Ving Rhames and Macy Gray.

Latifah launched Flavor Unit in New Jersey with Shakim Compere. The company has since relocated to Miami. Flavor Unit initially started out as a crew of local New York and New Jersey DJs and emcees, including Shakim, Latifah, DJ Red Alert, and DJ Chuck Chillout. Eventually, Latifah took control of the name and used it for all of her business ventures, including the production company and management firm, whose clients at one time included Monica, Naughty By Nature and Zhane, among others.

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