Kenya Barris Set to Write and Produce the Upcoming Animation

LOS ANGELES, February 6, 2018 –  Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment are teaming up to develop a film based on the song catalogue of iconic artist and musician, Bob Marley, it was announced today by Fox Animation Co-Presidents, Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird. The project is being written and produced by Kenya Barris and intended to be an animated musical love letter to the late Marley’s legendary music and to the people of Jamaica.

Cedella Marley and David Blackman, Head of Polygram Entertainment, will also produce the film along with E. Brian Dobbins from Principato-Young Entertainment. As part of his overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox Film, Kenya Barris will produce through his company Khalablo In Society.

“My father has inspired art and artists around the world and I’m excited to embark on a new creative venture that highlights his incredible music,” said Cedella Marley in making this announcement. “We are thrilled to work with Kenya Barris and David Blackman on this project as well as a Fox Animation who gave us this platform to introduce a new generation to my father’s music.”

“As we continue to ramp up and diversify our slate of films at Fox Animation, we are thrilled to be working with Cedella Marley, Kenya Barris and Polygram Entertainment on this project,” said Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird. “In doing so, we not only have the opportunity to build new relationships for the studio, but we get to tell a story, inspired by the music of Bob Marley, one of the greatest music legends of our time.”

Kenya Barris is repped by CAA, Principato-Young, Barnes, Morris Yorn.

About Twentieth Century Fox Film

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.

About Polygram Entertainment

Polygram Entertainment produces film and television programs that provide deeper narratives and perspectives on the recording artists, music and cultural events that came to define generations. Owned by Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment, Polygram develops, produces, finances and distributes documentary features and original, scripted projects for music fans of all ages and tastes around the world. Polygram most recently co-distributed, with Studio Canal, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years and is currently in production on the first fully authorized Motown documentary, with Berry Gordy serving as Executive Producer. Additionally, Polygram is fully financing the upcoming Luciano Pavarotti documentary directed by Ron Howard and The Velvet Underground documentary directed by Todd Haynes.