Today, BET Networks announces the acquisition of eight-part drama series “Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” based on The New York Times best-selling author’s most popular family crime drama novel starring Ernie Hudson.
Meet the Duncans, a prominent family from Jamaica, Queens living fast and luxurious. By day, they’re an upstanding family; by night, they live a dangerous secret life. The patriarch of the family, L.C. Duncan (Hudson), is at the age when he’s starting to think about retirement and has to decide which of his children should take over his thriving exotic car dealership.
The Duncans quickly come under siege from some of the top politicians, mafia and drug cartels in the city. The Duncans will have to stick together or die separately. Originally developed and produced as an indie film franchise, BET has licensed the content to air this dynamic production in an explosive way. The highly anticipated television event “Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” the SERIES makes its debut on Tuesday, November 13 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.
In the series premiere titled “We are at war,” L.C. Duncan (Ernie Hudson) has decided it’s finally time to pass on the mantle of leadership. All this during a time when their Asian supplier has cut them off, and their rivals are threatening to put them out of business.
“Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” star-studded cast, led by Ernie Hudson (L.C. Duncan), includes Valarie Pettiford (Charlotte Duncan), Armand Assante (Sal Dash), Emilio Rivera (Alejandro Zuniga), Darrin Henson (Orlando Duncan), Javicia Leslie (Paris Duncan), Clifton Powell (Uncle Lou), Miguel A. Nunez Jr. (Harris Grant), Tami Roman (London Duncan), Sean Ringgold (Junior Duncan), Christian Keyes (Niles Monroe), Nick Turturro (Ronald Sims), KJ Smith (Sasha Duncan), Malik Yoba (Randy Moss), Gary Dourdan (Trent Duncan), Lisa Ray (Donna Duncan), Frankie G (Juan Rodriguez), and Arrington Foster (Rio Duncan), and introduces Amani E. Boyd (Mariah Duncan) and Dylan Weber (Nevada Duncan) as the next generation of the Duncan clan.
“Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” is executive produced by Nikaya D. Brown Jones for Tri Destined Studios and Carl Weber for Urban Books Media who also serve as the series showrunners. Weber singlehandedly penned all of the content. Additionally, Ernie Hudson, and BET’s Connie Orlando and Maureen Guthman serve as Executive Producers. Trey Haley (The Man in 3B, The Preacher’s Son) to serve as director and co-executive producer for Tri Destined Studios.
Weber’s The Family Business novel, published in 2012, is the first in a series of novels under the same title. In fact, this first title launched eight books in what has been a popular and ongoing series about the travails of the Duncan family. The book series has sold over 3 million copies.
“We at Urban Books are excited about our new venture with BET Networks and Tri Destined Studios. We look forward to years of making great film and television productions together.” ~Carl Weber, President, Urban Books Media
“We are so grateful to bring Carl Weber’s acclaimed literary works to our BET Family and to empower this level of esteemed diverse talent in front and behind the camera.”
~Nikaya D. Brown Jones, CEO, Tri Destined Studios
“Carl Weber’s The Family Business is a gloriously addictive series and a prime example of BET’s on-going commitment to tell compelling dramatic, character-driven original stories, anchored in the Black experience. We look forward to our partnership with Tri Destined Studios, Urban Books Media and are thrilled to welcome Carl Weber to the BET family” ~Maureen Guthman, SVP of Content Strategy, BET Networks.
Hudson is repped by Michael McConnell of Zero Gravity Management and APA.