Stephanie Allain Bray, an Emmy-nominated film and television producer and Homegrown Pictures founder, is developing her first novel.
Karen Lotz, the president of Candlewick Press, has acquired the worldwide rights to Allain Bray's picture book I'm In Charge. For the book, Allain Bray meets Jenny Klion, a long-time friend, writer, and memoirist, while marking their first literary collaboration.
The picture book, scheduled to be released in spring 2024, is described as a series of "joyously and energetically" illustrating children's bodies, voices, and choices. Marissa Valdez, a New York Times bestseller author and illustrator, will illustrate the picture book.
UTA negotiated the book deal for the authors, and Kelly Sonnack, the illustrator, represented the author.
Allain Bray, who formed homegrown Picture in 2003, was recognized for her work including Hustle & Flow, Peeples, Beyond The Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands, Juanita, and The Weekend. She is a board member for the American Cinematheque, the Producers Guild of America and Cast & Crew.
News of Allain Bray's book follows the producer's extending her relationship with Warner Bros. TV last month. Together, Allain Bray and Homegrown Pictures will develop original scripted programming for the studio, the premium cable network, and HBO Max.
Klion has previously served as a writer on CBS' Power of 10 game show, and has appeared on The New York Daily News, BREVITY, and The Rumpus. He has also consulted on screenplays and manuscripts for author Booker T. Mattison and director Deon Taylor.
Allain Bray is being fired by UTA, Artists First, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.