Roc Nation and Participant Media are serving on the advisory board for a new BBC One production based on Malorie Blackman’s award-winning novel, Noughts & Crosses. Although JAY-Z’s company will curate the series’ soundtrack, the two entities have partnered up with Mammoth Screener, who serves as executive producer on the project.
Noughts & Crosses is a young adult story based on a forbidden love that intertwines the divisive politics of race, class and social status. Its two main characters are Sephy and Callum. Sephy was born into one of the first ruling black families, making her a Cross; her father is a famed politician. While Callum is white, a Nought, and part of a poor working class family. Though these two aren’t supposed to be together in society’s eyes, fate says otherwise.
Blackman’s book is part of a series that won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. “I am so thrilled and excited Roc Nation and Participant Media are going to be involved in the Noughts & Crosses series as Executive Producers. They’re going to bring an extra dimension to the production that I can’t wait to see – and hear!” Blackman stated on a press release.
“As we build out Participant Media’s episodic television slate, we’ve been looking for projects that explore social issues in unexpected and entertaining ways. When we saw Noughts & Crosses, we were captivated immediately. Music and popular culture are huge parts of the fabric of the show, and we couldn’t be more excited that Roc Nation is joining the team,” added Jonathan King, President of Narrative Film & Television for Participant Media.
Although it’s expected to debut in 2019, there is no official release date for Noughts & Crosses. However, but there will be six, hour-long episodes.