One of my favorite folks in the business, QD III has secured himself a distribution partnership with The Weinstein Bros to distribute and go out and acquire urban content for a Weinstein affiliate, Genius Products. For those who only know Quincy Jones III as a producer or son of the legendary Quincy Jones, you must have been living under the rock. QD III has been developing quite a successful direct to dvd business over the last 10 years with such titles as Thug Angel and The BEEF series which recently was distributed via BET as a weekly series.
The official press release says:
In making the announcement, Quincy D. Jones III, founder and CEO of QD3 Entertainment stated, “We are thrilled to join the high quality brands distributed by Genius.” Quincy continued, “We are committed to producing provocative, entertaining and engaging projects and look forward to expanding the reach and quality of our programming with Genius as our partner.”
The first title, already in production, is “Who Shot Ya,” an unflinching documentary examining the prevalence of violence in Hip Hop, featuring prominent rappers discussing their personal experiences being shot. The film will also shed light on the larger epidemic of gun violence and its disproportionate impact on young men of color.
“QD3 Entertainment has a proven track record of both creative excellence and commercial success,” noted Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of Genius Products. “We welcome them into the Genius family and anticipate working together on important and entertaining titles beginning with Who Shot Ya.”