Tuesday, July 7, 2020

HBO Max Orders 12 Episodes of Animated Series 'Young Love' Following Characters from Matthew A. Cherry's 'Hair Love'

HBO Max has today given a series order to the original animated series Young Love based on the characters introduced in the Academy Award-winning short film Hair Love from Matthew A. Cherry. The series will produce 12 episodes for its first season.

Filled with comedy and heart, the new series will serve as an honest look into the world of the Young family - including millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and her pet cat Rocky - as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics all while striving to make a better life for themselves.

Cherry will serve as showrunner alongside Carl Jones. They will executive produce with Monica A. Young, David Steward II and Carl Reed. Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Key Entertainment and Lion Forge Animation will produce.

"I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series," said Cherry. "Couldn't ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get Young Love out to the world."

"Hair Love struck a chord that is still resonating deeply with audiences of all ages," said Billy Wee, Senior Vice President of Original Animation, HBO Max. "Matthew and Sony Animation's creative voices are a welcomed addition to the HBO Max family and we can't wait to bring this joyous story to the world."