Diaspora: DeVon Franklin, Holly Carter, Kirk Franklin Set Up Gospel Drama Series ‘Kingdom Business’ at BET+
The series explores the gospel music industry through the lenses of family, faith, love and the redemptive power of music.
BET+ has given an eight-episode order for Kingdom Business, a gospel drama from producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Holly Carter (The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel), multi-Grammy-award-winning gospel music powerhouse Kirk Franklin, and Michael Van Dyck. The drama series will explore the gospel music industry through the lenses of family, faith, love and the redemptive power of music.
Per the plot made available to the press, the series revolves around the reigning Queen of Gospel Denita Jordan and her ex-producer/songwriter/lover, Caesar, who created her sound and launched her career. Denita, who also runs an in-house record label and megachurch, is determined to guard her family and its many secrets at all costs to retain her place on the throne. Things seem to be unfolding in Denita’s favour until an unsuspecting young woman on the rise with a checkered past enters the scene. Destined and anointed to challenge gospel music conventions, Rbel, also a former exotic dancer, will see if her newfound voice can carry her to the top of the gospel kingdom.
The series is written by John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, (Mr. & Mrs. Smith the series) who also serve as executive producers alongside Carter, founder of Relevé Entertainment; DeVon Franklin, CEO of Franklin Entertainment, Kirk Franklin, CEO of Fo Yo Soul Entertainment and the show’s executive music producer; and Van Dyck, veteran TV and literary agent and founder of Inspired Entertainment. Casting for the series is in progress, and DAELight will produce the show.
Executive Producer DeVon is also currently developing Relationship Goals based on Michael Todd’s New York Times bestseller Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex at Amazon Studios.
Kingdom Business will join Tyler Perry’s drama series Ruthless on BET+.