Russell Simmons is strengthening his relationship with HBO with a new first-look production and development deal that will bring forth new programming.
Under the agreement with Simmons' company All Def Digital, Simmons will work with the network to create and develop television projects, reports Variety.
The business mogul already has five projects in the works, including a Def Comedy Jam 25th anniversary special that will feature an all-star lineup of comedians.
"HBO has been like a home to me for a generation," Simmons said in a statement. "I am enormously proud of the broad range of programming they have nurtured. Together, we have discovered new voices and helped launch emerging artists that deserved a mainstream platform. I am even more excited by the next generation of talent and shows that we are developing through All Def Digital TV."
Other projects are said to include "These Are My Friends," an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, and "The Broken Lizard Show," a comedic look at race in the future. Programming will also include a new series that will bring the best acts from All Def Digital's weekly live comedy night.
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