'First Wives Club' Star Ryan Michelle Bathe Signs First-Look TV Deal With MTV Entertainment Group

She will develop new TV projects “with an emphasis on emerging talent and underrepresented voices”

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“First Wives Club” star Ryan Michelle Bathé has signed a first-look deal with ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group.

Under the pact, Bathé, who recently launched her Down on Maple Productions banner, will develop and executive produce new TV projects for MTV Entertainment Studios “with an emphasis on emerging talent and underrepresented voices.”

“Ryan is a talented, versatile performer who’s tapping into some very funny and fresh perspectives as a writer and executive producer,” Justin Rosenblatt, senior vice president of alternative & comedy content for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group, said. “We’re excited to be collaborative partners with Ryan on ideating projects with a focus on underrepresented voices, which makes her a perfect fit for the MTV Entertainment Group brand and our audience.”

Bathe added: “I am thrilled about the opportunity to work on such compelling content with Justin and the MTV Entertainment Group. I am a big fan of the work they’re doing and look forward to adding my voice to their brands.”

Along with her leading role in BET+ dramedy “First Wives Club,” Bathé’s recent notable credits include  starring opposite Simone Missick in CBS’ “All Rise,” and appearing alongside Tessa Thompson in Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming movie “Sylvie’s Love.”

Previously, she appeared in ABC’s “The Rookie” and “Boston Legal,” Fox’s “Empire,” NBC’s “This Is Us” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives.”

On the film side, Bathé has starred in Lionsgate’s “One For The Money,” as well as the independent features “All About Us,” “Brother to Brother” and “Leaving Barstow.”

This fall, Bathé, the wife of “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown, produced and starred in the “Zoom Where It Happens,” a series of script showcases of throwback sitcoms with all-Black casts that helped drive awareness about voting and voter suppression.

Bathé is repped by Atil Singh of Principal Entertainment, The Kohner Agency, Jill Fritzo PR and Gang, Tyre, Ramer Brown & Passman.

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