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Jean inks deal for bio comedy series at HBO

5 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean has cut a deal with HBO to produce and star in a comedy series loosely based on his life. The project, now in the early stages of development, will be penned by Jean along with writers Seth Rosenfeld and Danny Hoch (HBO's Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground) and executive produced by HBO veteran Stu Smiley. Jean also is set to write and produce original music for the series through his Platinum Sound studio. The son of a minister, Jean was born in Haiti in 1972, where he absorbed the local Creole and folk traditions that would later influence his hip-hop and world music recordings. His family moved to Brooklyn when he was 9, and later moved to New Jersey. By the time he was a teenager, he had taken up the guitar and joined a rap group featuring Lauryn Hill and other future Fugees. »

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