announces 'Coolio & The Gang' reality series to air 2008
30, 2007) The 90’s rap superstar Coolio will star in the upcoming Oxygen
original series “Coolio & The Gang,” following the trials and tribulations
of the rap mogul as he tries to raise six teenage kids while juggling his
rap career and entrepreneurial aspirations.
Six 30-minute episodes will air in the second quarter of 2008. The series
will be produced by Oxygen and RDF USA (Wife Swap, Don’t Forget the
Lyrics).The series will be managed by Aaron Meyerson, SVP of Development &
Production, and Kristin Connolly Vadas, VP of Development at Oxygen.
Coolio shot to superstardom in 1995 as a rap star with three platinum
albums and six top-ten hits, including “Gansta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic
Voyage.” Since then, he’s hunkered down and become a family man, raising
his six children as a single dad. With the rapper’s unconventional methods
of discipline, Coolio sets out to balance his family life with his rap
career and launching his own clothing line, and finds that he’s got his
work cut out for him. Nobody said parenting was easy – especially when
you’re a rap star going through a mid-life crisis.
“This show is a perfect balance between family life and comedy,” said
Debby Beece, President of Programming & Marketing at Oxygen. “Juggling a
career and home life as a single parent really resonates with our
audience. Throw in a little bit of comedy and a twist on parenting, and
Oxygen has another one of our signature over-the-top, bold personalities.”
“Coolio’s unconventional methods of discipline are guaranteed to
entertain,” said Chris Coelen, CEO of RDF USA.
"In Coolio we have a fascinating reality character – an unfiltered
opinion, a unique point of view, and a personality that explodes off the
screen,” said Greg Goldman, Executive Vice President of Development for
RDF USA. “We cannot wait to get the cameras rolling.”
Oxygen is currently available in over 74 million homes. The network was
launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a
network targeted to younger women. Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for
women's television, with a vast array of unconventional and original
programming including The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, The Bad Girls
Club, and Tori & Dean: Inn Love.
Geraldine Laybourne, the network's founder, Chairman and CEO, has led the
company to be a strong advocate for women. Through programs like The
Mentor's Walk, Oxygen's national program for bringing along the next
generation, and "Who Cares About Girls," Oxygen's new documentary series
-- Oxygen is creating The New Girls Network.
With offices in both Los Angeles and New York, RDF is one of the largest
and fastest-growing production companies in the world. RDF USA is led by
Chris Coelen, CEO, a former partner at United Talent Agency who ran the
international and alternative television packaging divisions. Since its
launch, RDF has sold and/or produced series such as Don’t Forget the
Lyrics (Fox), Wife Swap (ABC), Shaq’s Big Challenge (ABC), How to Look
Good Naked (Lifetime), The Two Coreys (A&E) and Ice-T’s Rap School
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